Find your Christmas Collection dates here, plus how you can reduce and recycle your waste over the festive season. Please note, the hints and tips refer to the new service, which begins on 2 December.

WD recycles this Christmas

Your collection day changes for the Christmas period are shown below:

Usual Collection DayNew Collection DayUsual Collection DayNew Collection Day
Wed 25 DecFri 27 DecTue 31 DecThu 2 Jan
Thu 26 DecSat 28 DecWed 1 JanFri 3 Jan
Fri 27 DecMon 30 DecThu 2 JanSat 4 Jan
Mon 30 DecTue 31 DecFri 3 JanMon 6 Jan
Week beginning 6 January - All collections will run 1 day late
Collections will return to normal in the week beginning 13 January 2020
The garden waste service does not operate from 30 December to 3 January

Don't Forget! 

♲ If you subscribe to the garden waste service, you can put your real Christmas Tree out for recycling alongside your green sacks between 6 January and 24 January 2020.

♲ It's now even easier to recycle your food waste, as you can line your caddy with any bag or liner such as salad bags, cereal bags, bread bags or carrier bags.

♲ Unfortunately we can't recycle cards containing glitter or plastics, or any wrapping paper.

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How can I reduce, reuse and recycle this Christmas?

There are lots of things you can do to produce less waste during the festive season. We've collected some hints and tips for the most common items.

Don't forget, these hints and tips refer to the new service, which begins on 2 December.

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendars

Reduce

❄ Avoid single use calendars

Reuse

❄ Buy a reusable calendar and add homemade sweets and treats

Recycle

✔ Cardboard - Recycling box 2

✔ Foil - Reusable white sack (scrunch it into a ball first)

✔ Plastic trays - Reusable white sack

Cards

Cards

Reduce

❄ Send an e-card instead

Reuse

❄ Old cards can be reused as gift tags - just cut them up

Recycle

✔ Cards with no glitter, stuck on bits or shiny bits - Recycling box 2

✕ Glittery cards, cards with shiny bits or stuck on decorations - Black sack

Aluminium trays

Aluminium Trays & Packaging

Reduce

❄ Avoid single use trays

Reuse

❄ Use a reusable roasting tin

Recycle

✔ Foil trays - Reusable white sack (please rinse to remove grease)

✔ Foil wrappers - Reusable white sack (please scrunch into a ball)

✕ Plastic lined foil - Black sack (If you can't scrunch it into a ball or it doesn't stay scrunched, it's probably plastic lined)

Food packaging

Food Packaging

Reduce

❄ Try options with less packaging

Recycle

✕ Crisp packets, sweet wrappers and film wrappers - Black sack

Wrapping paper

Wrapping Paper

Reduce

❄ This year, why not gift experiences rather than 'stuff'

Reuse

❄ Reusable gift wrapping is a good option, and there are lots of choices available

Recycle

✔ Brown paper - Recycling box 1

✕ All other wrapping paper and sticky tape - Black sack

Leftovers

Leftovers

Reduce

❄ Plan your portions with this handy planner from Love Food Hate Waste

Reuse

❄ Be creative and cook up your leftovers into something new

Recycle

✔ Turkey, chicken or meat carcasses - Food waste caddy

✔ Uncooked or cooked food waste - Food waste caddy

✔ Fruit and veg peelings, nut shells and fruit stones - Food waste caddy

Mince pies

Mince Pies

Reduce

❄ Make mince pies at home

Reuse

❄ Make leftover mince pies into something new - what about mince pie crumble for Boxing Day?

Recycle

✔ Leftover mince pies - Food waste caddy

✔ Cardboard packaging - Recycling box 2

✔ Foil cases (please rinse them and scrunch them together into a ball) - Reusable white sack

✔ Plastic trays - Reusable white sack

Sweet tubs

Sweet Tubs

Reduce

❄ Make your own sweets and treats at home.

Reuse

❄ Tubs and tins can be reused for storage

Recycle

✔ Foil cases (please rinse them and scrunch them together into a ball) - Reusable white sack

✔ Plastic tins - Reusable white sack

✔ Take metal containers to the local recycling centre

✕ Plastic wrappers - Black sack

Online delivery packaging

Online Delivery Packaging

Reduce

❄ Buy local

Reuse

❄ Use cardboard for crafts, or upcycle it into storage around the house

Recycle

✔ Cardboard - Recycling box 2

✕ Bubble wrap, plastic packaging and polystyrene - Black sack

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Can't decide between a real tree or a fake one? See the pros and cons of each at Recycle Devon.

Recycle

✔ If your real tree is six foot or less, and you're subscribed to the garden waste service, you can put your tree out for collection with your green sacks between 6 and 24 January.

✔ If it's more than six foot, or if you're not a garden waste subscriber, please take it to your local recycling centre.

✔ If your fake tree has reached the end of its life, please take it to your local recycling centre.

Drinks containers

Drinks Containers

Reuse

❄ Glass bottles can make lovely vases, or you could insert fairy lights to make a light feature.

Recycle

✔ Plastic bottles (lids on) and metal lids from glass jars and bottles - Reusable white sack

✔ Juice cartons - Recycling box 1

✔ Glass bottles and jars - Recycling box 1

✕ Corks (natural and plastic) - Black sacks

Decorations

Decorations

Reduce

❄ Make your own at home

Reuse

❄ Look for sustainable alternatives, and avoid buying new decorations every year

Recycle

✔ Crackers with no glitter, foil or stuck on decorations - Recycling box 2

✔ Please take broken fairy lights to the local recycling centre.

✕ Crackers with glitter, foil or stuck on decorations - Black sack

✕ Tinsel and damaged baubles - Black sack

✕ Homemade decorations (treated with paint or preservative) that have reached the end of their life - Black sack