Can I put Christmas wrapping paper and cards in the bin and what do I do with my tree?

To recycle or not recycle that is the question for the post-Christmas period.

But each council across Devon has its own rules on what can or cannot be recycled. This is what you need to know about what can be recycled where you live.

TORBAY COUNCIL – What you can and should recycle: Christmas cards (without glitter), wrapping paper and gift bags (if you can scrunch it and it doesn’t bounce back, it’s recyclable!), cardboard packaging (eg – from the post), toilet roll tubes, food and drink cartons, takeaway pizza boxes (only if the cardboard is clean), glossy magazines and newspapers, cardboard toothpaste boxes.

What you can’t and SHOULD NOT recycle: anything with glitter on it, anything that retains it’s shape when scrunched (ie wrapping paper, gift bags), tissues, kitchen roll, wet wipes, cotton wool, soiled or greasy card, anything that isn’t card or paper.

TOR2 will be collecting Christmas trees 9am to 1pm at Lymington Road Coach Station Car Park, Torquay and Brixham College, Ranscombe Road, Brixham on: Sunday, January 6, and Sunday, January 13. You can also take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centre on any day of the week during normal opening hours.

For more details see http://www.torbay.gov.uk/recycling/recycling-card-and-paper/

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EXETER CITY COUNCIL – The Green Bin: They will take the following items in your green bin (remember you don’t need to wash things out, just please make sure it’s all empty) paper/cardboard, tins/cans/foil, plastic bottles with lids, plastic tubs/pots/trays/film/wrap.

Christmas trees : garden waste customers can put their real Christmas trees out (with their brown bin or ECC garden sacks, if required) for a one-off collection on their first scheduled collection of the year. See exeter.gov.uk/bincollections for details of collections in your area. The 2019 brown bin collections start again on January 28. They encourage everyone else to take their tree/s to the recycling centres on Exton Road (Marsh Barton) and Pinbrook Road (off Pinhoe Road, near Pinhoe Aldi). See devon.gov.uk/recyclingcentres. They won’t be collecting trees with grey bins.

Richard Monk's Christmas tree
Richard Monk’s Christmas tree

Wrapping paper: This year they are unable to take wrapping paper in the green bin. Their paper mill doesn’t like it, because it doesn’t produce good pulp (its fibres are too short and it tends to just turn into a sludge). They will reject any bales they find wrapping paper in, which will mean us losing out on revenue for public services.

Glass: there are more than 60 glass banks around Exeter and they are always hungry for glass. They have a real feast over Christmas – indulge them. Find your nearest recycling bank: exeter.gov.uk/recyclingbanks.

For more details see https://exeter.gov.uk/christmas-new-year-services/christmas-recycling/

Christmas cards: To ensure our card matches the highest quality demanded for export, the council are unable to take Christmas cards. They too are poor-quality but there is also the problem of glitter, which many cards are dusted with and which is classed as a contaminant, being either plastic or metal.

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MID DEVON COUNCIL – Christmas cards without glitter or embellishments can be placed in your green recycling box along with your cardboard and cartons. We’re unable to process cards with glitter or embellishments – please place these in your refuse.

Wrapping paper: Only non-glittery and non-metallic wrapping paper can be placed in your green recycling box. Please try to remove as much Sellotape and decorative accessories such as ribbons and bows where possible. We’re unable to process foil-lined wrapping paper – please place this in your refuse.

Please don’t use a black recycling box or their paper recycling banks for wrapping paper; fibre quality in this material is too low for medium and high grade recycling streams.

Real Christmas trees: If you’ve subscribed to the garden waste service, you can put your Christmas tree out either inside, or next to your brown bin for collection throughout January 2019. They accept Christmas trees with a trunk no bigger than six inches in diameter.

If you haven’t subscribed to the garden waste collection, you can take your Christmas tree to your nearest recycling centre.

Christmas recycling hints: If your blue kerbside caddy is full, you may place excess food waste into a compostable liner and leave on top of your caddy for collection. If you run out of room in your green recycling box, you can put greetings cards and wrapping paper out for collection in an unwanted cardboard box. Plastic toiletry packaging such as shower gels and shampoo bottles can go in your black recycling box.

Don’t forget tins, cans and plastics can all be mixed together; if you are running out of room in your black box(es), these can go out for collection in a white pedal bin liner.

See https://www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/recycling-rubbish/what-can-you-put-out/recycling/christmas-recycling/

NORTH DEVON COUNCIL – Recycling box: Household batteries (please put them in a small plastic bag before placing in your recycling box), Small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as kettles, toasters and mobile phones, Mixed plastics including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic bottles and food trays – squashed where possible, Glass bottles and jars, Food tins and drink cans, Aluminium foil, Aerosol cans. Unfortunately, they are not able to take black plastic products , plant pots, cling film and packaging film. This includes cellophane, sweet wrappers and crisp packs.

Please ensure all bottles, tins and cans are rinsed well, as these are sorted by hand. To help save space on vehicles, please also squash your plastics and cans where possible.

GREEN WHEELED BIN: Real Christmas trees – chopped up, bark, hedge clippings, grass cuttings, weeds, cut flowers, plants (no soil), windfalls, untreated sawdust, wood shavings, clean straw.

KERBSIDE CADDY AND KITCHEN CADDY: All cooked food, All raw food, Bones and carcasses, Leftovers from plates. Tea bags and coffee grounds, Fruit and vegetables, including peelings, Egg shells.Please line your caddies with special compostable caddy liners (7 litre or 23 litre), which you can buy from the supermarket. This helps contain the food waste and is more hygienic for you and our recycling crews. Alternatively wrap your food waste in a sheet of newspaper or kitchen roll. Please do not use plastic bags.

BROWN BAG: The following flattened cardboard items (with packaging tape removed) can go in – corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes and other cardboard food packaging, toothpaste boxes, toilet roll and kitchen roll cores, cardboard egg boxes, card sleeves (from food trays), greetings cards, You can have up to two brown bags per household.

If you have a large quantity of cardboard, please contact the council so that they can arrange a free bulky cardboard collection. Cardboard can also be taken to recycling centres in North Devon.

Cards and letters at a Mail Centre

GREEN BAG: newspapers, paper, including shredded paper, white and brown envelopes (windowed or non-windowed), brown paper, magazines, catalogues, telephone books, junk mail (no plastics).

Plus: dry, undamaged clothes, undamaged shoes (in pairs), undamaged blankets and bedding sheets.

They are also no longer able to take wrapping paper.

All recyclable items listed can also be taken to recycling centres in North Devon.

BLACK WHEELED BIN: Vacuum cleaner contents, Cardboard milk or juice cartons (or, you can take these to one of DCC’s recycling centres), Disposable nappies, Plastic envelopes, Polystyrene, Plastic food wrappers – such as clingfilm and crisp packets, Black plastic food containers (or, you can take these to one of DCC’s recycling centres).

See http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/what-goes-in-your-binboxbag/

EAST DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL: – Wrapping paper: Plain wrapping paper or plain Christmas cards can be recycled and placed in your green recycling box. Wrapping paper or Christmas cards with glitter or foil cannot be accepted for recycling yet so should be placed in your wheeled bin.

Christmas Trees: Put in your green waste bin (no branches thicker than 100mm) or take to the following sites at the following times.

Axminster West Street car park Mon 7 Jan, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Broadclyst Victory Hall car park Tue 8 Jan, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Budleigh Salterton Lime Kiln car park Tue 8 Jan, 8.30am to 11.30am

Exmouth Imperial Road car park Mon 7 Jan, 8.30am to 2pm

Honiton Lace Walk car park Tue 8 Jan, 8.30am to 11.30am

Ottery St Mary Land of Canaan car park Tue 8 Jan, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Seaton Harbour Road car park Mon 7 Jan, 8.30am to 11.30am

Sidmouth Manor Road car park Wed 9 Jan, 8.30am to 12pm

TEIGNBRIDGE COUNCIL – Wrapping paper: wrapping made of paper can be recycled from home as part of your cardboard collection, using your green recycling box, or taken to any of our cardboard recycling banks.

The scrunch test: to make sure that your wrapping paper can be recycled you can use the scrunch test. If the paper bounces back it contains foil and cannot be recycled, if it stays scrunched it’s fine.

Unfortunately, they are unable to accept wrapping paper in your reusable sack. All paper wrapping needs to be recycled with your cardboard in your green recycling box.

Christmas cards: those that do not contain foil or glitter can be recycled from home as part of your cardboard collection using your green recycling box.

Christmas cards that contain foil or glitter or any other material cannot be recycled and should be placed in your black general waste bin for disposal.

Christmas cards
Christmas cards

Cardboard: all cardboard can be recycled using your green recycling box. Please make sure that your cardboard is folded or flattened to fit inside your box. Large boxes that do not fit in your green recycling box can be taken for free to your local recycling centre or to one of our recycling banks.

Food Waste: food waste can be recycled in your food waste container.

Real Christmas trees: Can be recycled at any of our drop off points in January, or they can be taken to one of Devon’s Recycling Centres for free. Garden waste subscribers can place real Christmas trees inside their green bin provided the branches are less than 10cm thick. Please remember to remove all decorations!

Teignbridge Christmas Tree recycling dates

Ashburton

Location – Edwin Tucker Country Stores (green space in front of store gates)

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

Bovey Tracey

Location – Station Road car park

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

Chudleigh

Location – Tower Hill Allotments, Mount Pleasant

Dates: Saturday 5 January 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Dawlish

Location – Sandy Lane car park

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

Dawlish Warren

Location – outer car park

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

Exminster

Location – Victory Hall

Dates: Saturday 5 January and Sunday 6 January 2019

Time: any time

Ipplepen

Location – Fermoys Garden Centre

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

Kingsteignton

Location – Homebase

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

Newton Abbot

Location – B&Q

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

Teignmouth

Location – Eastcliff car park

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Sunday 6 January, Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: any time

TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL: Residents are being reminded that many of their festive items can be fully recycled, including:

  • Plastic bottles, containers and tins (in the green box)
  • Glass bottles and jars (in the black box)
  • Christmas cards (in the brown bag)
  • Christmas card envelopes (in the green bag)
  • Food waste, including turkey bones (to go in the green food caddies
  • Cardboard (broken up or flattened) and must be placed in the brown bag.

There are some items which unfortunately cannot be recycled:

  • Large oversized boxes may be rejected unless broken in to pieces and placed in the brown bags or alternatively these can be taken to one of the local recycling centres.
  • Items covered in glitter cannot unfortunately be recycled. This also applies to wrapping paper covered in glitter and metallic or plastic coated wrapping paper. Any non recyclable items need to go in the refuse black bags.

Residents with green wheelie bins can cut up their Christmas Trees and recycle them through the fortnightly collection process. Please ensure that there are no branches over 1 metre in length or 4cm in diameter.

You can also take your Christmas trees to the Recycling Centres at Bideford, Deep Moor (Torrington) or Anvil Corner (Holsworthy)

An East Devon District Council recycling truck in action in Sidford
An East Devon District Council recycling truck in action in Sidford

SOUTH HAMS DISTRICT COUNCIL: Wrapping paper cannot be put into your blue recycling sacks, it needs to go into your grey bin instead. Explaining the reason, the council said that as some wrapping paper is also very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling and because so many people leave sticky tape attached to wrapping paper it makes it very difficult to recycle.

These are some of the reasons why the companies who process their waste have decided not to accept wrapping paper this year.

Christmas trees up to 6 foot can be placed next to the brown bin.

You can also take Christmas trees to the Recycling Centres at Ivybridge, Torr Quarry (Kingsbridge) and Totnes.

WEST DEVON BOROUGH COUNCIL: Wrapping paper cannot be put into your blue recycling sacks, it needs to go into your grey bin instead. Explaining the reason, the council said that as some wrapping paper is also very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling and because so many people leave sticky tape attached to wrapping paper it makes it very difficult to recycle.

These are some of the reasons why the companies who process their waste have decided not to accept wrapping paper this year.

Registered garden waste customers can put out their real Christmas Trees up to 7 feet with their garden waste collection day on the weeks commencing 7th and 14th January.

You can also take your Christmas trees to the Recycling Centre Crowndale (Tavistock) or Okehampton.

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