Can be recycled
- Cardboard & paper wrapping (can have sticky tape attached)
- Christmas cards & envelopes (no glitter or metallic/plastic finishes)
- Rigid plastic cups & glasses
- Glass bottles & jars even if they are broken (lids removed)
- Aluminium & steel cans
- Clean, aluminium disposable baking trays & foil
- Bubble wrap, cellophane wrapping & clean plastic wrap – Recycle at your local supermarket
- Don’t forget about the Containers for Change scheme where you can make money from your empty containers!
Cannot be recycled
- Shiny, metallic or glittery gift wrap/bags/tags & cards
- Ribbons & bows
- Plastic/bamboo cutlery & plates
- Plastic packaging from toys, or broken plastic toys
- Tissues, tissue paper, kitchen paper & napkins – these items are usually made from recycled products and cannot be recycled again.
- Champagne & wine corks
- Tinsel & Christmas baubles
- Broken ceramics such as plates & cups
- Plastic meat trays – even if they are clean, they are a contamination risk.
How to dispose of your Christmas tree
Whether you choose an artificial tree or a living tree at Christmas – here’s what you can do with them.
- Small Christmas trees can be cut up and placed in your general waste bin or your FOGO/Garden Organics bin if you have one.
- They can also be collected through your local council’s bulk garden service. Contact your local council for more information.
- Artificial trees are not recyclable, so try and buy a good quality tree to start with, so it will last for years.
- If you fancy a change, but the tree is in good condition, donate it to an op shop or give it away to someone who needs it.
- When it has finally reached the end of its life, Christmas trees can be collected by your local council’s bulk waste service. Contact your local council for more information.