We’re dreaming of a Green Christmas …


In this season of sharing and giving, as residents declutter, throwing out the old and bringing in the new, they’re being urged to consider reusing and recycling rather than binning.

During this festive period, households throw out an average 30% more rubbish than any other time of the year. But it does not all have to go into the green rubbish bin. Some can go into the brown recycling bin or some things can be passed on, or taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

The most common festive items which should go into the brown recycling bin are:

  • Wrapping paper. If it can be scrunched up into a ball, it can be recycled.
  • Cardboard packaging with all plastic and polystyrene bits removed.
  • Christmas cards as long as they’re not musical, have foil or glitter on them.
  • Empty glass jars and bottles that are rinsed.
  • Empty plastic bottles that are rinsed.
  • Foil and foil trays. If they are washed and cleaned they go into the brown recycling bin. If they are greasy or have food they go into the green rubbish bin.

Real Christmas trees can be taken to the local Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC). Trees with roots could be planted, kept well-watered, dug up and re-used next year.

Clothes, toys, electrical items, furniture, or other household items that are still in good condition can be passed on to local charities or posted online at Freecycle.

The Council can also arrange for the collection of bulky waste.

Sort waste at home

A seasonal recycling campaign #SantaSaysRecycle launches on 1 December across social media channels and on bin waggons, Wakefield Council working in partnership with Renewi is asking residents to think about recycling more during the festive period.

Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “Thank you to all our residents across the Wakefield district who correctly sort and recycle every week. We hope that our campaign will help people to increase how much they recycle, especially those items that we see more of over the Christmas period because it really does make a difference.

“There are plenty of ways to sort out unwanted items for recycling or reuse, and we can all reduce the amount of waste we generate by making small changes. People can also help by sharing the ‘Santa Says Recycle’ campaign messages on social media so that everyone can see how to recycle.”
For more information on what to do with festive waste, follow #SantaSaysRecycle on Twitter.

Recycling centres are open as normal over the festive period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.