Christmas Campaign - wrapping paper and cards

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Recycling wrapping paper and cards

Not all wrapping paper can be recycled.

  • Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc. which cannot be recycled.
  • Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling.
  • A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.

You can check whether paper is plastic coated or not by scrunching it up.  Click on the photo below to find out more!

If it stays scrunched, it’s probably fine to recycle and you can put it in with your paper recycling collection, but if it springs back into shape, it means it is covered in plastic and cannot be recycled.

Try to buy wrapping paper made from recycled materials. Sometimes this isn’t so easy to find in the shops, but this website is helpful: Recycled Paper Supplies  sell recycled wrapping paper.

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For more information

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Most cards are paper based and can be recycled, along with their envelopes, either in your paper recycling collection or at your nearest household recycling centre or at collection banks in supermarket car parks.

Any embellishments such as ribbons, stickers or glitter cannot be recycled so should be removed first by simply tearing off that section. Batteries should also be removed from musical cards and disposed of at battery recycling points.

12 days of Christmas recycling - click below!


Waste and recycling collections during the holidays

There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.

However, all household recycling centres will be open throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day.  Check out opening times below:

HRC times

To check when your refuse and recycling will be collected and download a calendar, click on "Read more" below.

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Opening hours and emergency contact numbers over Christmas

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