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Christmas recycling and waste

Last Modified December 06, 2017

So much more waste is created during the holiday season, read our frequently asked questions below to find out how you can make the most of your recycling bins and local facilities.

Your kerbside waste and recycling collections will change over the holiday period, please see our table below.

Brown bin and green bin (week 2)
 Normal collectionRevised collection 
Monday 25 December  Wednesday 27 December 
Tuesday 26 December  Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 December* 
Wednesday 27 December Thursday 28 or Friday 29 December* 
Thursday 28 December  Friday 29 or Saturday 30 December* 
Friday 29 December  Saturday 30 December 
Black bin and blue box (week 2)
Normal collection Revised collection 
Monday 1 January     Tuesday 2 January                          
Tuesday 2 January  Wednesday 3 January 
Wednesday 3 January  Thursday 4 January 
Thursday 4 January  Friday 5 January 
Friday 5 January  Saturday 6 January 

*Collections will take place on either of these days, so please leave your bin/box out on the first day and please take it in once it's been emptied.


Where can I put Christmas cards?
Please do not put Christmas cards in your blue box or brown bin. There will be collection points for Christmas cards at our local recycling points for a few weeks from 8 January at:

  • Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, WD6 1WA
  • Kemp Place car park, High Street, Bushey, WD23 1DW
  • Furzefield Centre car park, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3BW
  • Newberries car park, Watling Street, Radlett, WD7 7JH
  • Andrews Close, Shenley, WD7 9LP


Some stores and supermarkets may also recycle them throughout January.

What should I do with any extra bags of waste for my black bin or recycling for my green bin and blue box?
If you have any extra waste that doesn't fit in your black bin or recycling that won't fit in your green bin or blue box, you can take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre otherwise known as the local 'tip'. We will not take any excess waste left next to these bins.

What about extra recycling for my brown bin?
For the week following Christmas (week commencing 25 December only), up to three large cardboard boxes can be folded down and placed next to your brown bin for collection. Any extra boxes or smaller cardboard items and other recyclables for the brown bin must be placed inside the bin - no bags will be taken. Alternatively they can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre, aka 'the tip'.

Can I put wrapping paper in my blue box?
No. Wrapping paper is not good enough quality to recycle plus a lot of wrapping paper has foil pieces or plastic in it which are difficult to separate. Please put wrapping paper in your black bin.

What can I do with my Christmas tree in the New Year?
You can replant your Christmas tree in the garden, chop it up and put it in your green bin or take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

What about other Christmas items, can they be recycled?
Check out our A-Z list of items popular around the home during the festive period. Many things can be reused, either as storage, decoration or by taking to a charity shop but if you do need to dispose of them then please use the correct bin.



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