Recycling Your Christmas Waste

Xmas recyclingChristmas is over and the holidays have come to an end…oh, the horror! We now have to wait another year for that magical day to come around again.

Christmas is often a wonderful time spent with family and friends. Especially if you have children, or a parent who is a child at heart, it is a big possibility that there is plenty of rubbish leftover at the end of Christmas day. From cardboard, wrapping paper, cards and envelopes to plastic, batteries and Christmas trees; it seems that by the end of Christmas your house needs as much of a clean out as it does when you do a standard ‘spring clean’.

To give you a helping hand, below we have listed a whole bunch of recycling options and information of where to put your unwanted Christmas waste.

Food Waste

It is pretty standard for us all to have a bunch of Christmas leftovers, which most of us eat in sandwiches the next day. But how about all of those potato peelings and leftover scraps? We would suggest boiling down the old bones (providing you haven’t given them to the dog) and making a bone broth, perfect for adding to soups or gravy. It can also be frozen and stored for another time! As for your uncooked vegetable scraps, just throw them straight onto the compost to biodegrade down into fertile soil for the garden. A great tip to help grow those roasted vegetables for next year’s Christmas! However, don’t put any cooked food onto the compost as this will attract rats and other unwanted pests.


Cartons of juice for the kids, empty bottles of wine and possibly an empty bottle or two of whisky, often our recycling bins are overflowing with bottles at the end of the Christmas holidays. To help your local recycling company serve you well, separate the glass bottles from the rest of your recycling by placing them in a separate container or bag so that they do not get mixed in with the other items. Before placing any bottles or cartons into the recycling, make sure they have been rinsed well so that their sticky or sugary substances do not attract rats or other pests towards your house.

Wrapping Paper, Cardboard and Cards

The three most commonly chucked items after Christmas tend to be wrapping paper, cardboard and cards. All three of these can be placed into the recycling. Make sure to flatten the carboard down so that you utilise the space in your recycling bin and make it easier for the recycling collection workers. Be sure to remember that foil or paper covered in glitter cannot be recycled.

Christmas Trees

Xmas treeGetting rid of your Christmas tree at the end of the Christmas season can be a real hassle. It often means having to aggressively force it out of its stand and dragging it out of the house, leaving a trail of pine needles. Christmas tree recycling points are available all around Brighton and Hove, just search for your nearest one on Brighton and Hove’s Council Website to find the one nearest to you. Another alternative is to pay a company to come and collect your tree. Some companies simply collect your tree from outside of your house, while others go the extra mile and remove your tree from your house by wrapping it up so that the number of pine needles dropped on the floor in the process is dramatically reduced. But this is all for a fee, of course, so it depends what you are willing to do.

Unwanted Christmas Presents

I am pretty good at guessing what a gift might be before I open it. But I think I am pretty accurate in saying that we all have at least one relative who, every year, brings us a gift that we could never have guessed and that we just don’t know what to do with. If the gift is some form of clothing, you could always give it to a charity shop or place it in a charity recycling bin to go to someone who needs it. Another option is to sell your unwanted gifts on eBay or give them to a friend who may want or need them. Another option is to re-gift to other people. If your kids have been given a crazy number of gifts, some of which they have no interest in, keep those few stashed away and wrap them for kid’s parties – a great money saver! You can do the same with wine you’ve been given but don’t like, take it round a friend’s house for dinner or give it as a gift…just be careful not to re-gift the bottle of wine to its original giver, that always makes for an awkward conversation.

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