Have a green Christmas

Published: Friday, December 20, 2019

Have an environmentally-friendly Christmas by recycling as much as possible and wasting as little as you can.

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Wrapping paper (except the metallic kind), Christmas cards (without glitter on) and bottles and jars can all be recycled, as can

  • Wine bottles
  • Christmas pudding and cream pots (rinsed)
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Cranberry sauce jars
  • Cream pots

The cardboard from present packaging can be recycled, but do not recycle plastic shrinkwrap, tin foil, bubble wrap or polystyrene – put these items in with general rubbish. Test if your wrapping paper is metallic or paper by scrunching it up. If it stays scrunched, it’s paper.

For a full list of what can and can’t be recycled, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/recyclefromhome

For more tips about Christmas recycling, visit Recycle Now

If you can, try and minimise the amount of food you waste. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign has some handy tips on how to use up Christmas left-overs, including recipes for leftover cheese and turkey.

If you get a new computer, kitchen appliance, television or other electrical item for Christmas, find out what to do with your old one.

The council will collect your Christmas tree free of charge between January 4 and January 17. Find out more.

Rubbish and recycling collection days may be a day later over the festive period. Find your revised date.