The Christmas recycling guide

 Find out what you can do to recycle more this Christmas and have a waste less new year!

Check out the new blog from our returning guest, Abbie from Fulfilled: Plastic Free Shop for some really easy things you can do to avoid unnecessary waste in the lead up to Christmas.

As well as shampoo bottles and shower gel bottles from the bathroom you can also recycle deodorant cans, glass perfume bottles and face cream jars from the bedroom.

Find out what else you can recycle at home.

When you’re choosing your cards and wrapping paper this year, avoid those with glitter. This is because glitter is made from plastic and can’t be separated out from the paper and card fibres during the recycling process.

Not all wrapping paper is actually paper. Some is made with plastic or foil. To check if it can be recycled, try the scrunch test. If you can scrunch the paper into a ball and it stays scrunched, you can recycle it.

At Christmas, we go through 300,000 tonnes of of card packaging.

That’s enough to cover the pitch at Old Trafford 180,000 times!

Recycle all your card packaging.

Have you just unpacked last year’s decorations to find your fairy lights don’t work anymore?

Christmas tree lights, wires, cables and other electrical items can’t go in any of your bins at home.

You can recycle them to your local  Recycling Centre.

Batteries are essential, especially if you expecting to receive gadgets and toys this Christmas. Plan ahead and invest in some reusable batteries. They’re better for the planet and your pocket.

If you do have some dead batteries, you can recycle them at most supermarkets and electrical shops.

Before recycling your cardboard boxes, take out all plastic packaging, bubble wrap and polystyrene. They are all made with plastic and can’t be recycled, so put them in your general waste bin.

Squash your boxes to save valuable space in your bin.

More and more people in Greater Manchester are recycling foil pie cases, which is great because they can be recycled over and over and over again!

Plus, you can put any uneaten leftovers in your kitchen food caddy and the card packaging in your paper and card bin.

Before you recycle your real Christmas tree,  you need to remove all decorations such as baubles, fairy lights and tinsel.

Find out how you can recycle your Christmas tree at home.

Recycle for Greater Manchester