This Christmas give your turkey and recycling bins a good stuffing

Published: Thursday, 05 December 2019

With the countdown to Christmas fast approaching Northampton Borough Council and Veolia are reminding residents how to reduce their waste during the festive season.

Seasonal items such as Christmas cards (no foil or glitter), cardboard, wrapping paper (not foil paper), sweet tins and drinks bottles can all be recycled and should be added to your recycling bins and boxes, rather than your black bins or green sacks.

Plate scrapings and vegetable peelings can be recycled in your food caddy. Leftover food can be frozen for use on another day. Cool any leftovers at room temperature, then cover them and ensure that they go in the fridge or freezer within one-two hours.

If you have a lot of one type of food, splitting it into smaller portions will help it to cool quickly. It also means you can freeze and defrost only what you need for future dishes. Don’t forget, leftovers should be eaten or frozen within two days or within one day for rice dishes.

You can freeze cooked turkey, other cooked meat and meals made from cooked and frozen meat. But once defrosted, you should eat the food within 24 hours.

You can also use previously cooked and frozen turkey to make a new meal, such as a turkey curry. This new meal can be frozen too, but make sure you only reheat it once. When you come to use frozen leftovers, make sure you defrost them thoroughly, ideally in the fridge overnight. If this isn’t possible, use a microwave on the defrost setting. Always reheat leftovers until steaming hot. More information on freezing leftovers, including recipe ideas, can be found here. 

Large cardboard should be broken up into manageable pieces and placed in your recycling bins or under your recycling boxes. To help with any extra recycling during the Christmas period, additional recyclable items can be presented alongside your boxes and bins in clear sacks or in additional boxes.

Real Christmas trees will be collected on your scheduled garden waste collection day, between 30 December and 10 January. Trees up to five feet can be presented besides your recycling bins, any trees over five feet should be cut up into manageable pieces and placed in your garden waste bins, with the lid closed. Remember to remove all decorations and tinsel. If your tree is bigger than five feet and cannot be cut into manageable pieces, it will need to be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Whilst the additional recycling and Christmas tree collections take place, garden waste collections will be suspended from 23 December until 10 January.

Residents are also being made aware that no collections will take place on Christmas Day. Households who usually have their waste and recycling collected on a Wednesday will have their collections moved temporarily to Saturday 28 December. All other collections stay the same.

Here is more information about what can be recycled this festive period.