Top tips for recycling festive leftovers

January is the perfect time to set out New Year’s resolutions and make some positive changes. Residents can make a big difference to the environment by committing to recycling responsibly in 2019 and beyond.

Here are some handy tips on how residents can recycle their festive leftovers and keep Broxbourne green:

Real Christmas trees

  • Green waste subscribers can cut up their trees into small pieces and put them in the green wheeled bin
  • Real trees can also be recycled at the Household Waste and Recycling Centres (Brookfield Farm, Turnford and Pindar Road, Hoddesdon).

Christmas cards and wrapping paper

  • Glitter or foil paper can't be recycled – it must be put in the black refuse bin
  • Cards and wrapping paper can go in the kerbside box (paper and card) or communal bin for recycling.

Cardboard boxes

  • Cardboard boxes must be flattened and put in the kerbside box (paper and card) or communal bin for recycling.

Leftover food

Empty cans and bottles

  • Cans can go in the kerbside box (plastic and tin) or communal bin for recycling
  • Glass bottles can go in the kerbside box (glass) or communal bin for recycling.

Unwanted presents

  • These can be given to a charity shop, sold or re-gifted.

Further information on the Borough’s kerbside recycling service including what exactly can go in each box, can be found online here. 

The Council also operates a network of Recycling Points which are available for residents to recycle excess shoes and clothes, as well as paper and cardboard, plastics and cans, and glass. These sites are for recyclable item only, not household waste. The locations can be found on the Council’s website here.

Recycling must not be left on the floor at Recycling Points – this is fly-tipping and the Council will prosecute offenders. Recycling must be placed in the banks and if the banks are full, residents can call the Council’s Helpline on 01992 78577 to report.

For further information on recycling in the Borough of Broxbourne, residents can visit the ‘Recycling & Waste’ section of the Council’s website.