Christmas Recycling

Don’t forget to recycle your wrapping paper, Christmas cards and sweet tins once all the festivities are over. 

Make your Christmas a green one with our top tips for reducing and recycling more.


It’s estimated we will create more than three million tonnes of rubbish this Christmas in Britain. More than half of this could be recycled. Make use of your Big Bin to recycle your festive waste:

  • Paper- e.g. wrapping paper, it needs to be is paper based not plastic or foil - check to see if it tears like paper
  • Cardboard- boxes and food and drink cartons e.g. juice or milk cartons
  • Household metal Packaging e.g. sweet tins and aluminium foil e.g. mince pie cases
  • Plastic bottles and food packaging – party drink bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs
  • Cans – biscuit or sweets tins and drinks cans
  • Glass - cranberry sauce jars

If you have extra recycling this Christmas, put it out on your next recycling collection day in a cardboard box. Or use our clear recycling bags, which are available from Bournemouth Libraries from 1 December.

Buy rechargeable batteries this year for all your children’s toys and electrical goods. When your batteries and electrical items are done, don’t forget to recycle them.

Avoid over-packaged gifts, look out for gifts with a high recycled content or made from recycled materials.

Recycle your Christmas tree by making a mulch. Take it to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Wilverley Road for composting. Or have it collected by local charity Diverse Abilities who collect trees for a donation in many postcode areas.


Before you throw away your leftovers, think about freezing them and easting them again another time. Do this any time before the date on the label. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Eggs and dairy - you can freeze eggs, diary and milk. Try grating Cheddar cheese and then freezing it to use as a pizza or shepherd’s pie topping. Stilton can be frozen and defrosts just as good as fresh.
  • Leftover cooked meat – all sorts of leftover meat can be frozen. Simply wrap it up in portion-sized amounts and label it. Thaw in the fridge and use as normal, in a risotto or curry.
  • Potatoes – boil for about five minutes and freeze them for later. When you want them, thaw overnight and roast the next day. Mashed potato also freezes well.

You could start your own compost heap this Christmas with all your vegetable peelings from Christmas dinner.

Remember that unavoidable food waste such as vegetable peelings, turkey bones, plate scrapings, tea bags and coffee grinds can be put in your food waste caddy. If you think you will have extra food waste this Christmas you might want to stock up on kitchen food caddy liners. Free at your local library and some community centres.

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