Recycling around the Christmas tree...

After the presents are unwrapped and the food is eaten, the Christmas holidays often leave us with a lot of rubbish – or is it recycling?

Here’s a guide to making sure it all ends up in the right place.

Don’t be fooled by the recycling triangle - Not all items that have this symbol are recyclable in Hampshire. So, if an item or bag says “please recycle” it doesn’t mean it can go in your recycling bin.

Reuse old wrapping paper and make present labels using old Christmas cards. Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper, this kind of 'paper' cannot be recycled.

Boxes - Fold down boxes to ensure they fit in your recycling bin – pizza boxes and snack tubes are rubbish; they cannot be recycled so must go into your rubbish bin.

Think carefully about the amount of food you buy. There is lots of information about portion sizes, leftover food recipes and storage tips on the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Set your fridge to less than 5°C to keep your food fresher for longer. If you are unsure of the temperature of your fridge visit the Chill the Fridge Out website for more details.

Bottles up - Milk, squash or fizzy drink bottles (and lids) can be put into your recycling bin. Glass bottles can be taken to your nearest bottle bank.

Think beyond the kitchen - Other items around your house, such as clean and empty shampoo bottles, empty toilet rolls and aerosols can be recycled.

Giving or receiving new clothes and electrical items as presents? Don’t forget, old and unwanted textiles and small electrical items can be recycled around the borough - not in your recycling bin at home.

Do not put old batteries into your rubbish or recycling bins. You can take them to any local retailer that sells batteries, as they will collect for disposal. More information can be found on the Recycle Now website.

Real Christmas trees can be placed next to your garden waste bin on your next scheduled collection date (no need to cut them up) or disposed of at any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) with a booked appointment.

WEEE should all be recycling our electrical items

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is generally, anything with a plug, battery or cable including:

  • Small and large household appliances
  • TV's, power tools and personal grooming appliance
  • IT, smart devices and toys
  • Garden power tools

Incorrect disposal of electrical items is a huge loss of valuable and critical raw materials (in 2019 the global value of waste electrical items was approximately £50.8 billion) and can cause serious health, environmental and societal issues.

Did you know there are many ways you can 'recycle' your WEEE items.

More information on repairing, donating or disposing your items.

Have a happy holiday!