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Get festive with recycling!

Published: 20/12/2021

DAY_6_Widescreen_16X9_Mince_Pie_ENG FLI.jpgFlintshire County Council is encouraging residents to recycle over the festive period. 

Although it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most wasteful. The amount of additional packaging, wrapping paper, jars, bottles, foil and food increases during the festive period. 

Why not sign up for the Council’s email news service to receive handy hints and tips over the festive season – it’s easy to do here and follow the instructions.  We recommend you sign up for the Your Council news item as well as any other topics which interest you.

To check when your collections are due, please check your calendar or online.

There are some recycling items which can be easily forgotten: 

  • Food and drink cartons need only a quick rinse, and can be flattened to save space in your recycling – place in your grey recycling sack.
  • Lots of people recycled their Christmas cards last year. All glitter-free greeting cards can be recycled. If possible, tear off the glitter section as well as any non-paper items like badges and batteries.
  • Many of us will be recycling wrapping paper after Christmas. However which type can be recycled? Try the Scrunch Test: if you scrunch it and it bounces back, it can’t be recycled. Also please remove sticky tapes, labels and ribbons. 
  • Cardboard toothpaste boxes, toilet roll inner tubes, toothbrush packaging, boxes for face cream and other toiletries can all be recycled. 
  • Clean foil containers and foil food wrap, such as mince pie trays, chocolate coin cases, clean foil wrap can all be recycled, please keep it clean (free of food residue and grease), scrunched into ball and place in your cans and tins sack. 
  • Electrical and battery operated waste can be taken to any of the five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) for recycling, please don’t place these items in the black bin. 

Please don’t forget the classics!

  • Magazines, comics, newspapers, catalogues can all be recycled in the blue bag.
  • Cardboard boxes please flatten it saves space.
  • Empty Aerosols, tins and cans can all be recycled in your grey recycling sacks.
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays can be recycled.  
  • Food waste – replacement liners are available at the Flintshire connects centres, HRCs or tie a bag to the handle of the container on collection day. 
  • Food waste – teabags please continue to recycle these in your food waste, along with any plate scrapes and unusable left overs. Full list found online. 

Remember you don’t have to wait for your kerbside collection. Recycling can also be taken to one of the five Household Recycling Centres, which are open every day apart from Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. 

For further tips and ideas, please visit our website