Christmas and New Year waste and recycling information

Christmas and New Year generates more waste than any other time of the year in the East Riding – but the good news is most of it can be recycled.

Last Christmas and New Year more than 9,000 tonnes of waste was collected from East Riding households – and 60% of that was recycled thanks to the brilliant efforts of residents.

The waste and recycling officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council are issuing some festive advice to help residents recycle even more during the holiday period.

Christmas trees, cards, wrapping paper, gift boxes … even the bones from a turkey … can all be recycled at home by putting them in the correct bin.

This year the waste and recycling officers are asking residents to make an extra effort to recycle plastic packaging.

And thanks to the brilliant efforts of residents, more than half of that was recycled.

Here is a Christmas guide to bin collections and recycling in the East Riding: 

Bin collection dates will change over the Christmas and New Year period, but will return to normal from Monday 14 January.

All residents will soon receive their 2019 Bin Collection Calendar through the post, which will tell them the revised dates for the upcoming Christmas and New Year period and the collection dates for next year.

You can also find your festive bin collection dates by visiting the website and typing in your postcode.

Sign up for the council’s free text message reminder service for bin collections. Details of how to sign up are on the 2019 Bin Collection Calendars, or you can download a copy of your calendar from waste recycling sites (tips) in the East Riding will be open from 10am to 5pm each day, except on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when they will close at 4pm. They will be closed all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Blue Bins
A great deal of the packaging, bottles and tins generated by the Christmas holiday can be recycled in the blue bin. Here are some of the festive items you can put in your blue bin:
• Empty plastic tubs and tins used for sweets and biscuits
• Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and all envelopes
• Newspapers, magazines, books, junk mail
• Cardboard advent calendars
• All cardboard boxes and cardboard packaging (please flatten boxes, remove any polystyrene or plastic packaging). Large cardboard boxes can also be flattened and placed next to blue bins on collection days.
• All empty glass and plastic bottles (please squash plastic bottles, tops can be left on)
• Empty jars, tins and cans
• Plastic tubs and trays, empty juice cartons and cardboard egg boxes
• Tin foil and stock cube wrappers, as long as they are clean.

Any of the above waste which won’t fit in your blue bin over the Christmas and New Year period can be put into carrier bags and left next to your bin on collection day.

They can also be taken to household waste recycling sites. Remember to please separate your waste before visiting the site.

Batteries, polystyrene, and crisp packets
Please do not put batteries in your bins. Please take them to supermarkets and local shops which have battery recycling collection boxes, or take them to any household waste recycling site.

Polystyrene should be placed in your green bin, or taken to a household waste recycling site.
Crisp packets should be placed in the green bin.

Clothing and textiles
Please don’t put clothing, textiles, material, shoes or bedding in your bins.
Take them to clothing recycling banks located at 121 mini recycling sites across the East Riding at supermarkets and other sites.
You can also take clothing to charity shops.

Brown bins
Christmas always means lots of festive food… but it can also mean lots of waste food.
Family dinners and festive parties can generate a lot of leftovers which can end up being thrown in the bin.
One way to recycle food is to use your leftovers to create tasty new dishes, which also saves money too. Some useful recipes can be found at
Another way is to place all food waste in your brown bins, as it can then be recycled into compost for the garden.

Last Christmas more than 1,800 tonnes of food and garden waste was collected in the East Riding for recycling.
Please put your food waste into your free kitchen caddy liners, or wrap it in newspaper or kitchen roll, before putting it in your brown bin.

All food waste can be recycled in your brown bin, including:
• All cooked or uncooked food … including all plate scrapings
• Turkey, chicken and other bird carcasses and meat bones
• Fruit and vegetable peelings
• Cooked and uncooked meat
• Egg shells
• Small amounts of leftover sauces and gravies

Free kitchen caddy liners are available from all household waste and recycling sites, customer service centres, leisure centres and libraries in the East Riding.

Real Christmas trees – with all lights and decorations removed – can be recycled by placing them next to your brown bin for collection in January.
Or they can be taken to any household waste recycling site.

Unwanted presents
If you receive a present you don’t want – don’t throw it away.
Instead you can take it along to any household waste recycling site and ask them to pass it on to The Reuse Shop, which benefits local charities and organisations.

Unwanted Christmas gifts can be donated to charity shops or taken to household waste recycling sites for donation to the Dove House charity reuse shop at the Humberfield household waste recycling site, near Hessle

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