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Waste and recycling at Christmas

Changes to Christmas collection dates

There are no changes to bin collection dates this Christmas.

Don't forget, you can check your bin collection dates and download a copy of your calendar online.

Getting rid of your real Christmas tree

You can have your real Christmas tree collected for the cost of a donation to Teesside Hospice. Your donation will help the hospice to care for local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. You can enter your postcode on the Just Helping website to find out if Christmas tree collection is available in your area.

You can arrange a collection online on the Just Helping website. Your tree must be registered by Sunday 8 January 2023. Trees will be collected between Friday 13 January 2023 and Monday 16 January 2023.

Household Waste Recycling Centre

Middlesbrough residents can use the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Haverton Hill to dispose of excess recycling waste. The HWRC is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day.

You'll need to book an appointment before you go to the HWRC. If you do not have an appointment, you will not be allowed in.

Opening hours are 8am to 6pm. Please note, the site will close at 4pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Find out more on the HWRC page, including which materials can be recycled.

What to recycle this Christmas

Black bin

Use your black bin for all your general festive waste which can’t be recycled.

Blue lid recycling bin

  • Wrapping paper: plain wrapping paper that doesn’t contain foil or glitter can be recycled. Top tip: do the scrunch test – if you scrunch up the paper and it stays scrunched, it can be recycled!
  • Cardboard: squash or fold all your cardboard flat to make more room in your recycling bin
  • Tins and cans: rinse and put in your recycling bin
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays: rinse and put in your recycling bin
  • Glass bottles and jars: empty out, rinse and leave the lid on for easier sorting before putting in your recycling bin

Christmas recycling tips

  • Fold your larger cardboard boxes flat and store them until after the Christmas rush – you’ll be able to fit more in to your blue lid bin when you have more space!
  • Take any unwanted Christmas gifts to a charity shop or sell them online – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
  • Recycle your cardboard crackers, paper hats and paper tablecloths – they can go in your blue lid bin along with any other paper and cardboard
  • Save money and paper and send an e-Christmas card – there’s lots of free versions available online and a lot of them include some cheery festive tunes for the ultimate Christmas experience!
  • If you have cupboards and boxes overflowing with toys, donate any that are no longer played with to charity for another child to enjoy – this also helps to make space for any new toys which Santa might be bringing!

Love food, hate waste

More food is thrown away at Christmas than at any other time of year. With some creative thinking, careful planning, and making room in your fridge or freezer, there’s loads of ways to use up all the leftovers, from the turkey to the sprouts!

For recipe inspiration and more tips on using up leftovers: