Recycling at Christmas
Your kerbside waste and recycling collections will change over Christmas and New Year
All waste and recycling collection days will change as there will be no collections taking place at all on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Please note there will be no garden waste collections between 24 December and 7 January. Services will re-start from 8 January. Please check your collection calendar, check online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk or call the council on 0300 456 0102 for information about how this affects your collections.
Please remember to put your bin out by 7.00am on your scheduled collection day and make sure all your waste is put in your bin with the lid closed.
No garden waste collections over Christmas
Garden waste collections will be suspended between 24 December 2012 and 7 January 2013, inclusive. Collections will start again on the 8 January. Please check your collection calendar or check online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk for more information.
If you have a real Christmas tree you can put alongside your garden waste bin for collection on your collection day from 7 January. Christmas trees will be collected throughout January only.
Alternatively you can take your real Christmas trees to any of Wiltshire’s 11 household recycling centres for recycling. To find your nearest recycling centre please visit www.recycleforwiltshire.com.
Household recycling centre Christmas opening
All Household Recycling Centres are closed from 1pm Christmas Eve, and all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
At all other times the recycling centres are open during normal winter opening times. For information on your local household recycling centres, including locations and opening times click here.
Tips for a green Christmas
England's households will create nearly three quarters of a million tonnes of extra waste this Christmas - that's five black bin bags per household.
If all the recyclables in this extra rubbish were recycled, it would save 352,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases per year - enough energy to fly Santa in a plane around the world on Christmas Eve 64,500 times, or taking 111,000 cars off the road each year.
With all that extra waste produced over Christmas it is the season to recycle! This year it is even easier to do your bit by recycling more using the kerbside recycling collection service.
Instead of sending a conventional Christmas Card, why not send a Recycling E-Card. You can decorate your own card electronically on www.recyclenow.com.
Christmas and New Year are perfect times for dinner parties and you may need to cook for a large number of people. Use the portion planner at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for advice on portion sizes. The website also has lots of recipes for leftovers.
Look out for gifts with packaging that can be reused. Gift bags, as well as tins or plastics containers can be reused for storage at home once the presents have been enjoyed.
When you’ve finished with your Christmas cards, cut up the pictures to make Christmas gift tags for next year’s presents.
Fill and decorate used cans and glass jars with sweets, toys and accessories to make jingle jars or great presents.
You can make the most of your blue lidded recycling bin over the festive period by recycling many of your Christmas items at the kerbside as well as all you plastic bottles and cardboard. These might include Christmas cards, wrapping paper (but not foil or plastic), cardboard boxes and brown paper.
Don't forget to use your black box for recycling even more over Christmas. There are lots of unexpected items that you can recycle in your black box alongside your normal paper, glass and cans, including large chocolate tins, mince meat jars and Christmas card envelopes.