Christmas is full of excitement, but all those presents, decorations and cards add up to an awful lot of rubbish!

Here’s a guide to what you can and can’t recycle out of all that mess!* Remember, our planet needs your help all year round –– not just at Christmas!


Recycling Christmas cards

Paper-based cards and their envelopes can be recycled either through your home recycling or at your local recycling point. Sadly, extra decorations like gems, glitter or ribbon can’t be recycled, so you’ll need to tear those parts off the card and bin them. The same goes for gift tags and crackers, too.


Wrapping paper

Some authorities do accept wrapping paper while others don’t, so you’ll need to check. If yours does, it will only accept non-foil paper. You can test this by scrunching the paper in your hand. If it springs back, it’s foil-based and needs to go in the normal bin. Oh and take care when it comes to tape –– sticky tape is non-recyclable, so do your best to peel off any tape left on your wrapping paper and bin it!


Try to avoid buying cards and wrap that’s covered in glitter or extra decorations that aren’t recyclable.


Christmas trees

Good news, real Christmas trees can be treecycled! Some authorities organise special collections or drop-off points. Otherwise, you can take your tree to your local recycling centre. If you have a fake tree, don’t chuck it, re-use it the following year or take it to a charity shop so that it can be enjoyed by another family!


Christmas decorations

Sadly, decorations like baubles and tinsel can’t be recycled and will need to go in the general waste. If your decorations still have some sparkle left in them, re-use them, or donate them to charity!


Christmas lights

Electrical waste like Christmas tree lights can be recycled at recycling centres, but they mustn’t be sent to landfill.



Cardboard boxes are recyclable but sadly, any plastic wrapping they come in or excess tape are not –– be sure to remove those before you recycle, gang!

*Ask mum and dad to check your local authority’s recycling restrictions.


How much Christmas recycling did you do? Let us know by leaving a comment below!




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