Watch your waste-line this Christmas by recycling

Published: Monday, 03 December 2018

With the countdown to Christmas fast approaching Northampton Borough Council are reminding residents how they can watch their waste-line during the festive season.

As we stock up for Christmas dinners, family gatherings, wrap presents and decorate our home, waste levels can quickly pile up. Don’t be a Grinch and fill your green sacks and black bins with all this waste! Remember, 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 bin or boxes instead.

Large cardboard from presents and food shopping can be a nightmare before (and after) Christmas, but don’t worry! Cardboard can be broken up and placed in your recycling bins and boxes and to help keep those waste-lines in shape, additional recycling can be presented alongside your boxes and bins in clear plastic bags or in additional boxes.

Whilst this takes place, garden waste collections will be 'Frozen' from 24 December,until after the festivities, on Monday, 6 January.

Show your real Christmas trees some love (actually) after the season comes to a close. Put them out for recycling on your scheduled brown bin or sack collection day, from 6 January for a three-week period. The trees should be broken up into no more than five feet pieces and placed into your bin with the lid closed or alongside your recycling boxes. Remember to remove all decorations and tinsel. After 28 January or if the tree pieces are too large, trees will need to be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

The waste and recycling collections elves will be taking a short break on Christmas Day. Households who usually have their waste and recycling collected on a Tuesday, will have their collections moved temporarily to Saturday, 29 December. 

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “Northampton residents do a great job recycling their waste. Christmas often increases the amount of waste and recycling we have, so our crews will be working hard over the holiday season to make sure it gets collected.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia, said: “Christmas and New Year can be a very busy period where we generate a lot of waste. We want to encourage residents in Northampton to take the time to give the earth a treat by sorting their waste so that it can be recycled.”

More information about what can be recycled this festive period is available at