Borough Council reminds of the importance of recycling this Christmas

Published: Wednesday, 20 December 2017

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.

There will be no collections on Christmas Day. For households that usually have their waste or recycling collected on a Monday, collections will instead take place on Sunday, 24 December. Normal collections will resume from Tuesday, 26 December.

All brown bin collections will be suspended between 26 December and 8 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. These items should be sorted into different waste streams and put into separate clear or white plastic bags placed next to your boxes. 

Large cardboard, if flattened and placed next to your recycling boxes, will also be collected during the two week period starting on 26 December. This will be collected separate to your usual recycling, so please leave it out, even after your recycling has been collected.

Real Christmas trees will be collected on your scheduled brown bin or sack 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 collection round, 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 keep up the good work during this busy period.”

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