Christmas Recycling

Recycling Christmas Trees, Decorations and Wrapping Paper

Wrapping Paper
Not all wrapping paper can be recycled. 
• Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc. which cannot be recycled
• Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling
• A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape and labels attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.

You can check whether paper is plastic coated or not by scrunching it up. If it stays scrunched, it’s probably fine to recycle and you can put it in with your paper recycling collection, but if it springs back into shape, it means it is covered in plastic and cannot be recycled, please place in black bins. 

Please try to remove any sticky tape, ribbons and labels before placing out for recycling.

Try to buy wrapping paper made from recycled materials. Sometimes this isn’t so easy to find in the shops, but this website is helpful: Recycled Paper Supplies (
Recycled Paper Supplies sell recycled wrapping paper.

For more information on recycling wrapping paper, please visit:

Greetings Cards
Most cards are paper based and can be recycled, along with their envelopes, either in your paper recycling collection or at your nearest household recycling centre or at collection banks in supermarket car parks.

Any embellishments such as ribbons, stickers or glitter cannot be recycled so should be removed first by simply tearing off that section. Batteries should also be removed from musical cards and disposed of at battery recycling points.

Christmas Lights
Any items that have a plug, use batteries, need charging or have a picture of a crossed out wheelie bin on, are known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). These items, including Christmas lights or fairy lights, should not be put in your general waste bin (black bin) and can be recycled at your nearest household waste recycling centre.

Food Waste
Even after bringing all our shopping home, we often end up throwing away food, especially at Christmas time.

Household food waste can be recycled to generate renewable energy and bio-fertiliser that is spread back onto farmland.

We collect food waste every week.  Simply place your food waste in the biobag liner in your food waste caddy and place it out for collection with the rest of your recycling.

• Windfalls
• Pasta, rice and cereal
• Food past its use-by date
• Mouldy food and leftovers• Fish / meat (including bones and skin)
• Tea bags and coffee grounds
• Eggs (and shells), cheese & yoghurt
• Fruit and vegetable peelings
• Stale bread, cakes and confectionery
• Pet food
• Solid fat

Not accepted: 
No liquids or oils. Oil banks are available at your local Household Recycling Centre.  Please do not pour fat or oil down the drain or sink, as it can clog up drains and sewers. We do not accept packaging of any kind in the food waste caddies, even if it is biodegradable.

We will not empty caddies if plastic bags or biobags not issued by us are used to line them, as this can contaminate the load.  Biobags are expensive, please fill them before tying them up.

Replacement biobag liners and food waste caddies are available from Flintshire Connects Centres and your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or tie a bag to the handle of your food waste container on collection day. 

For more information about eating well and less waste, please visit:

Christmas Trees
'Real' trees are recyclable and can be shredded into chippings which are then used locally in parks or woodland areas.

Nightingale House Hospice offer a free collection service for real Christmas trees in return for a donation towards patient care at the hospice.  To book a collection, please visit or call 01978 314292.

Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations and any pots or stands.

Artificial trees are made from a combination of materials and therefore cannot be recycled. Unwanted trees in good condition may be accepted by some charity shops for re-sale and re-use.

Household Batteries
All household batteries including 'button' watch batteries can be recycled at the kerbside with the rest of your recycling waste. Put your batteries in a clear bag and put them out with your recycling waste on your collection day.
We also accept household batteries at our Household Waste Recycling Centres. Laptop battery packs, mobile phones, power tools, remote control and car batteries should be recycled at our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

• Newspaper 
• Catalogues 
• Office type paper 
• Letters / junk mail (with addresses and plastic windows removed) 
• Shredded paper (bagged separately) 
• Envelopes 
• Directories / Yellow Pages 
• Magazines / brochures
• Boxes (flattened) 
• Greeting cards (tape / plastic / glitter removed) 
• Egg boxes

Not accepted: Pringles and Twiglet containers, greeting cards with glitter or other attachments, photographs, foil wrapping paper, clingfilm etc.

Drinks and food cartons / Tetra paks can be placed in the plastics bottles, pots, tubs and trays. 

For more information about what can and can’t be recycled, please visit:

Waste & Recycling Collections over Christmas and New Year

There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
However, all household recycling centres will be open throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day – opening times are as follows: 
Christmas Eve - 9am - 5pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - 9am - 5pm
27 December and 28 December - 9am - 5pm
29 December - 9am - 4pm
30 December - 9am - 5pm
New Year’s Eve - 9am - 4pm
New Year’s Day - 9am - 5pm 

To check when your refuse and recycling will be collected and download a calendar, please visit: