Residents can enjoy a green Christmas

Published: 23 December 2016

Local people can enjoy a green Christmas by taking advantage of the borough's recycling services over the festive period.

Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and envelopes, drinks cans, glass bottles, jars, juice cartons and plastic bottles can all be placed in recycling sacks – but metallic 'foil' style wrapping paper should not be added.

The borough’s clear sack doorstep recycling service covers around 90,000 homes in the borough. Residents who receive this service and need more sacks can order them online at

Residents in blocks of flats, who do not have an individual doorstep refuse collection, can place recyclable items in the communal recycling banks that have been placed on all the borough’s housing estates.

The council will also recycle Christmas trees free of charge. These will be shredded and turned into compost. People who want to take advantage of this free service should make sure that all decorations, pots and stands have been removed. This service applies only to real trees not artificial ones. 

Trees will be picked up on normal refuse and recycling days between Tuesday, January 3 and Monday, January 16.

They should be left out for collection where dustbins are usually kept or where binbags and recycling sacks are normally placed awaiting pick-up.

Trees should not be left out on pavements or in the road. People who do this encourage flytips and create enormous difficulties for people in wheelchairs and parents with pushchairs or buggies, as well as taking up parking spaces.

Anyone caught dumping their Christmas tree on the highway and causing an obstruction risks being issued with an on-the-spot-fine.

Trees and other waste can only be placed on the highway by residents who do not have a garden and whose front door opens directly onto the pavement. However they should not leave their trees and/or waste out any earlier than 6.30pm the evening before their scheduled pick up.

People who live in blocks of flats should leave their trees near to their communal bin store, making sure they do not block access.

For more information about refuse and recycling services visit

For details of other council services over the festive period visit