Borough Council reminds of the importance of recycling this Christmas

Published: Monday, 19 December 2016

With Christmas fast approaching, Northampton Borough Council is reminding residents that they can recycle as much as they like this festive season.

Seasonal items such as Christmas cards, cardboard, wrapping paper (not foil paper), sweet tins (crushed) and drinks bottles can all be recycled and should be added to your recycling boxes, rather than your residual waste.

Waste and recycling collections will continue as usual, with the exception of brown bin collections, which will be suspended between 26 December and 7 January to allow for extra recycling to be collected. This will include the collection of any recycling items that won’t fit into your boxes, which should be sorted into the different waste streams and put into clear or white plastic bags placed next to your boxes. 

Large cardboard, if flattened and placed with your recycling boxes, will also be collected during the two week period starting on 26 December.

Real Christmas trees will be collected on your scheduled brown bin collection day, or your scheduled bin bag collection day, from 8 January for a four-week period. The trees will need to be either placed by your bin, or if you are on a sack round collection, presented to your recycling boxes. After this period please take any trees to the local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “Northampton residents do a great job recycling their waste. We hope that even with the additional waste that Christmas often creates, the continued service of collections will help residents will keep up the good work during this busy period.”

Details of waste and recycling collections from November 2016 to June 2018, were sent to house-holds mid-October, in the form of a calendar. Anyone unsure of their collection dates, can look them up at