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Recycle your Christmas leftovers!

Published on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Christmas may be a fun time of year, but it also produces a huge amount of waste. Luckily, Norwich residents have plenty of ways to recycle their Christmas leftovers. 

Christmas trees 
Real Christmas trees can be taken to Norwich Mile Cross Recycling Centre (Swanton Road), where they'll be recycled into compost. Decorations must be removed first. 

Leftover food
Norwich City Council offers a weekly food collection service. Simply pop your leftovers in your black food caddy and place out next to your recycling or refuse bin on your collection day. Check out this brilliant campaign from Plan, Eat, Save all about reducing food waste for good. 

Order a replacement food waste caddy.

Wrapping paper and cards
Clean wrapping paper and cards (no glitter or sellotape) and cardboard packaging can all be recycled in your blue bin. Christmas cards can also be recycled through some city centre stores. Lots of people make good use of old Christmas cards by turning them into gift tags, or save money by reusing wrapping paper.

Too much recycling!
Extra recycling can be put out next to your blue bin on collection day, ideally in a clear bag or cardboard box. We cannot accept glass as sidewaste. Alternatively take extra recycling to Norwich Mile Cross Recycling Centre (Swanton Road).

Electrical items, batteries and textiles
Christmas tree lights on the blink? Norwich City Council will collect any unwanted small electrical items, such as hairdryers or shavers, as well as old batteries, as part of our weekly kerbside service. We can also collect your unwanted textiles.

Simply put your electrical items and batteries in a standard sized plastic bag, your textiles in a separate bag, and leave beside your recycling or refuse bin on collection day.

Find out more about recycling in Norwich