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Waste and recycling collections

We are currently experiencing delays on some of our rounds. If the whole street has been missed we will be aware and will return as soon as possible. Please leave the bins/containers out for collection.

Recycle your Christmas cards

The amount of card used over Christmas in the UK would cover the London Eye almost 50,000 times. 

How to recycle your Christmas cards

  1. remove any parts containing foil or glitter
  2. put in your green recycling box with your cardboard recycling

How to recycle your envelopes

What to do with cards that contain foil or glitter

  1. consider cutting them up and using them as a gift tags next year, or note paper for a shopping list
  2. dispose of them in your black wheeled bin with your general waste

Sustainable alternatives to Christmas cards

There are many ways you can wish a happy Christmas to your loved ones, here are a couple of ideas:

  • send an e card or newsletter
  • video a Christmas message on your phone and text it to your friends

Find out what happens to the cards you recycle

Your cardboard recycling is sent to a reprocessing plant in Kent or mainland Europe where it is turned into a pulp before being used to create new cardboard and boxes. This video of the cardboard recycling process shows how the process works. 

When this content has been updated

Last updated 12 November 2021