Festive recycling

Helping you recycle more at Christmas

Use your blue bin to recycle your festive waste:

Yes please:

  • Christmas cards - remove embellishments as these cannot be recycled
  • Wrapping paper - we are only able to accept paper wrapping paper and not foil based wrapping paper
  • Foil containers - such as mince pie cases
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Christmas pudding tubs / cream tubs
  • Fake 'snow' or aerosol cream cans
  • Plastic trays from meat or vegetables
  • Vegetable punnets 
  • Paper crackers and party hats - remove any embellishments as these cannot be recycled

No thanks:

  • Tinsel and baubles
  • Plastic Christmas trees
  • Toys
  • Food waste
  • Textiles
  • Bubble wrap
  • Polystyrene
  • Foil wrapping paper, decorations, bows or ribbons
  • Cellophane
  • Plastic packaging from around toys or gifts
  • Plastic carrier bags

Use your red box to recycle your festive waste:

Yes please:

  • Wine and champagne bottles
  • Cooking sauce bottles
  • Cranberry sauce jars
  • Beer bottles
  • Coffee jars
  • Baby food jars

Use your Household Waste Recycling Centre to recycle your festive waste:

Additional items can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre:

Yes please:

  • Real Christmas trees
  • Hard plastics such as toys or plastic Christmas trees
  • Large cardboard boxes
  • Electrical items such as broken appliances, games consols
  • Christmas lights
  • Lighbulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Batteries
  • Clothes, shoes and other textiles

 These items should not be placed in your blue bin for recycling.

Recycling Helpline

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Contact for waste and recycling enquiries.

0131 561 5284 (tel)