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Christmas rubbish

November 18, 2021 8:58 PM

Christmas is a time of massive rubbish-buying. Mountains of wrapping and packaging and seasonal tat ends up in the bin. Apart from the direct waste of money in the purchase of the rubbish, there are also the financial and environmental costs of disposing of it. Here's Wiltshire Council's rubbish reminder:

Waste and recycling collection dates will not change over Christmas and New Year, as waste collection crews will be working as normal on Bank Holidays Monday 27, Tuesday 28 December 2021, and Monday 3 January 2022.
Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks. The last 2021 collections will be on Friday 24 December and they will restart on Monday 10 January 2022.
Residents can check their waste, recycling and garden waste collection online at
Household recycling centre (HRC) opening times and dates will change over the Christmas and New Year period and residents are advised to check online at

HRCs that normally open on Fridays will be open on Christmas Eve from 10am but will close at 1pm. All HRCs will be closed on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 December and Saturday 1 January 2022. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days.

Christmas recycling messages:
At Christmas time many of us generate more waste than usual. We would like everyone to do their bit by recycling as much of their waste as possible.
In addition to the everyday items for the blue lidded bin and black box, you can add items including wrapping paper, providing it scrunches into a ball*; cardboard packaging, plastic sweet tubs (up to 5 litres), mince pie foil cases, drinks cans, glass bottles, and Christmas cards without glitter. Local charity shops may take unwanted presents.
It is important that people do not place batteries or electrical items into any of their bins. These can cause fires in collection vehicles or at waste processing facilities. They should be disposed of at HRCs.
Households with extra recyclable materials such as cans, cardboard and paper can put these in alternative containers alongside their bin. Flatten cardboard and wash and squash plastic bottles and cartons and put the lids back on.

Collection of real Christmas trees:
People who pay to have their garden waste collected can put their real Christmas tree alongside their garden waste bin on their first collection in January, or they can support local charities by paying a donation to have the tree collected via the Just Helping scheme at

For information about local recycling centres, recycling Christmas trees, collection days and advice on how to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible during the festive period visit

*The scrunch test is when you try to squeeze paper into a ball. If it stays in a ball, the wrapping paper is made of paper only. If it does not, it is likely the paper contains other materials, which means WC cannot collect it for recycling.