Christmas recycling

Christmas bin collections

Your 2017-2018 waste collection calendars have now been delivered and will show you when your revised bank holiday collections are over the festive period. You can also check your collection online using our postcode checking tool and download your calendar as a PDF.

If we're lucky enough to have snow at Christmas, or other extreme weather conditions, this could affect your bin collections. Keep up to date with the latest information by subscribing to our waste text alert service.

Which bin to use?

You can recycle these festive items in your blue-lidded bin:

  • Wrapping paper and greetings cards (without glitter or 3D decorations)
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Plastic biscuit trays
  • Glass condiment jars (rinsed out)
  • Aerosol sprays (empty)
  • Steel food cans
  • Aluminium drink cans
  • Aluminium foil sweet wrappers, mince pie cases and oven trays (recycle aluminium foil in a tennis-ball sized lump where possible)
  • Juice cartons (such as Tetra Pak)
  • Glass wine and beer bottles

Read more about what can go in your blue-lidded bin.

You cannot recycle these items. These should be reused or go into your grey bin, unless specified:

  • Wrapping paper and greetings cards with glitter or 3D decorations on them.
  • Sweet wrappers which are plastic, not aluminium foil
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Paper plates (if they have no food residue on them they can go in the blue-lidded bin)
  • Soft plastic - such as carrier bags or cling film
  • Polystyrene - such as packaging or food trays
  • Decorative items - gift bows, ribbon, baubles, tinsel or artificial Christmas trees
  • Broken electricals - such as fairy lights. These should be taken to an electrical recycling bank or Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)
  • Batteries - these should to be taken to a local battery collection point

Read more about what can go in your grey bin.

Recycle all food waste in your caddies:

  • For example, vegetable peelings, solidified fat, cooked or raw food, tea bags, plate scrapings, bread, meat, bones and skins and egg shells.
  • Make sure food is removed from its packaging before you put it in your caddy.
  • Top tip: You can line your kitchen caddy with any soft plastic bag, compostable liner or newspaper.

Read more about your food waste caddies.

Excess waste

Households create around 30 per cent more waste over the Christmas period. Please squash down your recycling and waste to make the most of the space in your bins.

  • We will always accept excess recycling. Leave this by the side of your blue-lidded bin on your collection day in a sturdy container (such as a cardboard box), not in a bag.
  • We will always accept excess food waste. Leave this by your kerbside caddy on the morning of your collection in a tightly sealed bag.
  • We will never accept any excess household waste.

Extra waste can also be taken to your local neighbourhood recycling site or to the HWRC on Eastman Way (Hemel Hempstead) or Northbridge Road (Berkhamsted). HWRC opening times and acceptable materials can be found on Hertfordshire County Council's website, along with a live webcam of the entrance to help you avoid queues.

Never leave excess waste on the floor around a bin area or recycling bank, closed HWRC or charity shop – this is illegal fly-tipping and you could be prosecuted.

Christmas tree recycling

If you have a real Christmas tree, you can bring it along to be recycled at one of our chipping points on Sunday 7 January 2018 so that it can be turned into plant bedding:

Locations and times for real Christmas tree recycling
Town  Address  Time 
Berkhamsted Water Lane car park (behind Tesco), HP4 3AP  9.30am to 4pm 
Hemel Hempstead Cupid Green Depot, Redbourn Road, HP2 7BA  9.30am to 4pm 
Tring* Tring Garden Centre, HP23 5HF 10.30am to 4.30pm  

*This is a drop-off point. Chippings can be collected from here on Monday 8 January between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Chippings are great at preventing weeds in your garden. Bring a bag along if you would like to keep yours.

If you live in Tring, Berkhamsted or Potten End and Frithsden, then 1st Tring Scouts, 1st Berkhamsted Scout and 1st Potten End Scout groups are offering to collect trees from your home for a minimum donation to the scout groups. For a collection from:

If you cannot make this date, you can also take your tree to an HWRC. Trees left at any other recycling sites will be treated as fly-tipping and you could be prosecuted.

Alternatively, you can also cut your tree up to fit it into your green bin ready for when garden waste collections begin again in the spring.

How to have a green Christmas

For information on how to have an eco-friendly Christmas, please see our green Christmas guide

Warning signWe will be collecting bins from roads where it is safe to do so. Please leave your bins out for collection. If your bins have not yet been collected, leave them on the boundary of your property and we will collect them as soon as conditions allow. ×

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