What can and can’t you recycle at Christmas?

As we move into 2020, you may be wondering what’s the best way to get rid of the rubbish that you’re left with after the festive season – from Quality Street wrappers to Christmas cards and food.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to go green, it helps if you know what can and can’t be recycled at Christmas, and here’s a guide to help:

Christmas cards

The most widely recycled item over Christmas. Largely made from paper, you can dispose of the cards you received in the paper recycling bag/bin provided by the local council. But fancy cards with glitter and foil can’t be recycled and shouldn’t be thrown in the recycling bin.

Wrapping paper

Once you’ve removed ribbons, bows and gift tags, you’re good to recycle wrapping paper– rather than your general waste bin. What’s more, wrapping paper that’s recycled properly poses minimal damage to the environment – making it more environmentally friendly.

Christmas trees

If you opted for a pine Christmas tree, make sure you cut it up into smaller pieces so you can fit it in your garden waste wheelie bin. If you can’t cut the tree up or don’t have space in your bin, let the local council know and they’ll come and collect it. It’s worth knowing that any wreaths and mistletoe can be put in the green bin too – providing plastic has been removed. Artificial trees can be put in the loft and used again next year – you needn’t worry about disposing of them.


Electronics are also widely recycled at Christmas, and it’s no surprise when you get upgrades from your loved ones! If you can, givethem to family and friends, but don’t just throw them in a bin or skip. They require careful disposal.


After a number of Christmas feasts, you’re bound to have food left over – be it sprouts, turkey or chocolates that nobody likes. You can dispose of these in your food recycling caddie. Or if you have a significant amount of packaged or tinned food, consider taking them to your local food bank.

Whilst you’re at it, why not have a post-Christmas clear-out and thoroughly sort through the items in your home? A reputable skip hire company, such as Leyland Skips, offers a cost-efficient disposal solution for customers in all areas – including Wigan. They supply a range of domestic skips, including:

  • 2-cubic yard mini
  • 4-cubic yard midi
  • 8-cubic yard maxi
  • 12-cubic yard open
  • 16-cubic yard open

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