Renfrewshire Council

Christmas presents

Top tips offered to make festive recycling easier

With more waste produced over the festive period, here's how you can make sure you recycle effectively.

With our recycling rate continuing to increase every quarter, we want to maintain this positive step when there is more waste than normal over the Christmas period.

Here's our top tips for recycling:

  • Packaging can pile up at Christmas time so make sure you separate paper, card and cardboard into your blue bin, with polystyrene and plastic wrapping not recyclable.
  • Flattening cardboard boxes will give you more space in your blue bin.
  • Plain wrapping paper and Christmas cards can go into your blue bin, but anything with glitter, foil or plastic can't be recycled.
  • Leftover Christmas dinner and nibbles should go into your brown bin or food caddy to be recycled, it'll save you more space than you'd think in your black general waste bin.
  • If you're having a festive tipple, make sure cans and bottles go into your green recycling bin and not the black bin.
  • Contamination of recycling can ruin all your efforts, so make sure tinsel, bauble and fairy lights go into your black bin as they can't be recycled.
  • If you've got a real Christmas tree, you can recycle it from 4 to 11 January at Barshaw, Lochwinnoch, Barwood and Thomas Shanks Public Parks, or at the recycling centre at Underwood Road.

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open every day, except on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, for any excess waste you need to dispose of during the festive period.

Festive bin collections

Any resident due to have their bin collected on Christmas Day or New Year's Day will have a different collection over the festive period, with these collections rearranged to earlier in the week.

Grey, blue or food waste bins will be collected the previous Sunday, on 22 and 29 December.

Green bin, brown bin, sack collection or bulk bin recycling will be collected the previous Monday, on 23 and 30 December.

Bulk bin residual, food or trade will be collected the previous day on Tuesday 24 and 31 December.

All bins due to be collected on all other days will be collected as normal.

For more information on bin collection or recycling in Renfrewshire, visit My Bins.

Published 23 December 2019.