Christmas recycling continues at household waste recycling centres

This story was published 4 December 2020

Residents of North Yorkshire are reminded that in the run-up to and after Christmas they can still take their recycling – including electrical goods, packaging, batteries and Christmas trees – to their local household waste recycling centre (HWRCs).

HWRC operator

The 20 HWRCs around the county are managed on our behalf by Yorwaste, and December is one of the busiest times of the year.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Business and Environmental Services, said: “Working together, the county council and Yorwaste are continuing to give residents the opportunity to recycle as much as they can over this Christmas period.”

Sites will be open every day except 25 and 26 December and 1 January and every Wednesday. Opening times at this time of year are 8.30am to 4pm. View full details of current restrictions.

Items that can be taken to the sites include: paper, cardboard, telephone directories, books, garden waste, glass, food and drink cans, foil, scrap metal, plastic bottles, textiles and clothes, batteries, fluorescent tubes, TVs and monitors, fridges and freezers, other appliances, furniture (including beds, mattresses, sofas and chairs), bric-a-brac, car batteries, used engine oil, tyres and wood.

A common question is: can Christmas wrapping paper be recycled? Most wrapping paper is acceptable providing it passes the “scrunch” test. To do the test, squash the paper into a ball in your hand. If it keeps its ball shape, it can be recycled. If it bounces back, it cannot be recycled. Wrapping paper that doesn’t pass the scrunch test will have a high foil or plastic content, so would contaminate other recycling. Wrapping paper that can’t be recycled can be put in the general rubbish bin, from where it will be sent to the county’s Energy from Waste facility.

Good reusable toys can be donated to the Reuse Santa appeal within the reuse containers. Toys will go to the No Wrong Door campaign and other charities.

Real Christmas trees can go in the garden waste skips for composting. Glass jars, including empty cranberry jelly jars after Christmas dinner, can be recycled with glass bottles, regardless of the glass’s colour. Cardboard can be recycled. Just flatten it and remove any tape.

Household batteries can be recycled at HWRCs, as can broken Christmas lights. Anything with a plug or battery should not be put in a household bin. Batteries have caused fires in waste lorries and at waste facilities, so it is important that they are kept separate.

Find your nearest household waste recycling centre.

Check with your district or borough council for kerbside refuse and recycling collections over Christmas as the days will change over the bank holidays.