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Waste and recycling at Christmas

Changes to Christmas collection dates

Scheduled day Actual day

Tuesday 24 December

No change (Tuesday 24 December)
Wednesday 25 December Friday 27 December
Thurs 26 December Saturday 28 December
Friday 27 December Sunday 29 December
Tuesday 31 December No change (Tuesday 31 December)
Wednesday 1 January Thursday 2 January
Thursday 2 January Friday 3 January
Friday 3 January Saturday 4 January

Collections return to normal from Monday 7 January 2020.

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

Recycle more 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 springs back, 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

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:

Recycling your real Christmas tree

Recycle your real Christmas tree with Teesside Hospice and make a donation to help care for local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. All recycled Christmas trees will be chipped and recycled to use in local areas, including Stewart Park.

The collection is run entirely by volunteers and covers Teesside postcodes from TS1 to TS23.

To arrange a collection book online from 15 November or call Kim on 01642 811150. Trees must be registered by 12pm on 2 January, and will be collected on 5, 6 and 7 January 2020.

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.

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

More information including the types of materials that can be recycled.

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!
  • Hosting a festive party? Use re-usable plates, bowls and cutlery when possible and pop a few recycling buckets around the house for your guests to put their empties in
  • 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 – helps to make some space too for any new toys that might be arriving from Santa

Your guide to waste and recycling this Christmas