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Christmas Recycling Top Tips

Did you know, we throw away around 30% more rubbish at Christmas? The good news is, there are lots of things we can all do to help to reduce this:

  • Take the Scrunch Test and scrunch your wrapping paper in your hand. If it stays scrunched, it can go in your recycling bin but if it bounces back, it may contain plastic film which can’t be recycled and needs to go in the rubbish bin. If wrapping paper has glitter on it or lots of tape in cannot be recycled.
  • Christmas cards with no glitter on can also be recycled. Why not reuse glittery cards to make present tags or bunting. Check the full list of what can and can’t go in your recycling bin here
  • Christmas trees, Christmas lights, electrical items and batteries can all be recycled at recycling centres free of charge. Check the full list of what you can take to Norfolk’s 20 Recycling Centres.Find the latest seasonal leftover recipe ideas, and tips on cutting down on food waste at the food savvy website. Top tip – “Many Christmas leftovers can be frozen including hard cheeses, milk, and bread”.Compost your sprout peelings, along with other festive fruit and veg, see the latest composting offers and advice here.

Family activities and poster competition time

Download the Christmas recycling activity sheet aimed at children and their families. By completing the challenges, families can pick up lots of top tips about how to waste less over this festive period.

Win an eco-hamper and craft goodies by creating an eye-catching poster with a ‘top tip’ that will help others to waste less and recycle more this Christmas.

Closing date: 14th December 2020. Open to all Norfolk residents. Please email a photo/copy of your entry to and see terms & conditions here.

Recycling Centres Update

Norfolk’s Recycling Centre’s remain open during the national lockdown with social distancing measures in place. However, the Reuse Shops based at Recycling Centres are temporarily closed. Please see the latest update on the Recycling Centre service during the Corona Virus Pandemic here.


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