Recycle right this Christmas.
Most of us recycle lots during and after Christmas but are we getting it right? See some tips below or visit Recycle Now's website to find out more about what can and can't be recycled over the festive season.
Recycle in your green bin:
- Christmas cards. Tip: Any extras such as ribbons, glitter or bows cannot be recycled and need to be removed by tearing off that part of the card.
- Cardboard boxes from packaging. Tip: Remember to remove any plastic or polystyrene inserts and excess sticky tape from cardboard boxes before recycling. Also remove the portion of Christmas card which has glitter or decorations on before recycling.
Put in your black bin:
- Gift Wrap. Unfortunately, a lot of gift wrap contains plastic and CANNOT be recycled.
- Baubles. Glass baubles are not recyclable. Broken glass baubles should be disposed of by wrapping and putting in with general waste. Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastic not widely collected yet in the UK and are likely to be covered with glitter which would impact on the recycling process so should also go in the general waste.
- Tinsel. Tinsel cannot be recycled. If your tinsel has finally lost its sparkle and needs to be thrown away please dispose of it in your rubbish bin.
- Wreaths. Natural materials on wreaths, such as ivy, fir cones, mistletoe and holly, can be composted as long as they are not covered with excessive glitter. Simply remove the greenery from the base and add to your garden/green waste collection, or drop at your local household waste recycling centre. Artificial decorations such as ribbons and plastic flowers will need to be removed as these cannot be recycled.
Tip: Unwanted decorations in good condition can be donated to charity shops for re-sale and re-use.
Take to recycling banks:
Small electrical items
Recycle your small electrical items by putting them in a carrier bag, and placing it on top - not inside - of your recycling bin.
Any item with a plug or that uses batteries is classed as WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. These items must not be sent to landfill.
How to dispose of Christmas trees
Real trees should be cut up and put in your garden waste bin, or taken to the Port Solent Household Waste and Recycling Centre for composting. Trees under six feet tall can be put out with your rubbish for two weeks after Christmas.
Real Christmas trees can also be recycled at the Waterfront Garden Centre on Avenue de Caen between 2 January and 19 January 2020.
Tip: Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations and any pots or stands.