Christmas Rubbish & Recycling Advice – Cornwall Council

Dec 15, 2017 | News

When will my rubbish and recycling be collected?
There will be no change to your collections over the Christmas and New Year period 2017. To view the collection calendar click here

What can I recycle this Christmas?
With extra rubbish at Christmas, you may wonder what you can and can’t recycle.  See our top tips for:
Christmas trees
Christmas cards
Envelopes
Wrapping paper
Cardboard
Plastic pots, tubs and trays
Tin Foil
Food waste

Christmas trees
We will only collect non artificial real Christmas trees in the weeks starting 8 January and 15 January. If you place your tree out at any other time it will not be collected.
Place your tree out on your normal rubbish collection day on the alternate week to your recycling collection. The trees will be collected for free and then shredded and composted.
You can also take your tree to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

Christmas cards
There are various charity collections for Christmas cards.  You can also put them in your cardboard sack as part of your household cardboard recycling collection.

Envelopes
Envelopes can go in your household recycling collection.  White envelopes should go into the paper sack, coloured or brown envelopes should go with the cardboard.

Wrapping paper
We can take wrapping paper that is not coated with foil or plastic in your household recycling collection.  Please put all non-shiny wrapping paper in the paper sack, and make sure you remove any sticky tape, string or ribbons.

Cardboard
Over Christmas there are a lot of extra cardboard boxes. Flatten the boxes and put them in the orange cardboard bag.
If the boxes are too big, flat pack them, tie them in a bundle and put them out next to your recycling. If you have very large amounts of cardboard, you can either take it to your local household waste and recycling centre or put it out for the kerbside collection over a couple of weeks.

Plastic pots, tubs and trays
Now that we have completed the addition of plastic pots tubs and trays to the kerbside recycling collections we can collect even more recycling this Christmas for example:
Sweet and biscuit tins
Mince pie trays (Not black)
Clotted cream pots
Brandy sauce pots
Christmas pudding tubs

Tin Foil
Put scrunched up tin foil into the sack for plastic bottles and cans.

Food waste
Many of us tend to over cater at Christmas, and this shows in the amount of rubbish in the New Year.
The best way to reduce food waste is to write a shopping list and stick to it. Think about how many people you will be feeding and just buy enough for them. Remember, if you don’t like sprouts, you don’t have to buy them!

For further information on refuse and recycling please contact Cornwall Council direct atwww.cornwall.gov.uk

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