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Christmas recycling

How to recycle your Christmas waste.

Wrapping paper  

Yes please: If it tears easily and stays in a ball after scrunching then it is recyclable and can go in your green bag with paper and card. Before placing inside make sure to remove any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows first.

No thanks: If it is difficult to tear and pops back into shape after scrunching or contains a large amount of glitter and foil it cannot be recycled. Place this type in your black bags only. 

Plain Christmas cards can be recycled in your green bags with paper and card as long as any non-paper parts are removed first. We cannot recycle any cards with glitter or electronics so please place these in your black bags only.  

Real Christmas trees can be chopped up to fit in your garden waste bags as long as they're not too heavy or taken to your local recycling centre to place in the garden waste skip.

Food waste including turkey carcasses, plate scrapings, vegetable peelings and more can all be recycled in the food waste bin.

The 3 black bag limit remains in place over the Christmas period. Excess black bags can be disposed of at Llansamlet and Clyne recycling centres as long as there are no recyclable materials inside. Remember to book ahead before visiting Llansamlet.


Christmas collection day changes

Your recycling and rubbish collection days will change during Christmas and New Year's week. Go to our recycling holidays page to find out when you will receive your Christmas collections. 


2022 recycling calendar

Get ready for the New Year by downloading a recycling calendar for your address so you can keep track of the green and pink collection weeks in 2022.


Recycling centres

Recycling centres will be closed from 1.00pm on Christmas Eve and all day on Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Remember to book ahead before visiting Llansamlet.