Have a green Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but did you know it might also be the most wasteful?

With the food and drinks consumed and presents unwrapped you’re sure to be left with a heap of waste. It might be tempting to just throw it all in the bin, but nearly all of it can be sorted and recycled easily.

Order free recycling sacks, bags and bins today to cope with the extra waste.

Food for thought

Over a third of Brits admit to throwing away more food at Christmas than at any other time, with 263,000 turkeys and 17.2 million brussels sprouts thrown out. Even if you only cook exactly what you need, there might still be a lot of scraps, peelings and bones. All food waste can be disposed of in your blue food waste caddies and composted.

Foil's war

Some 4,500 tonnes of tin foil will be used in the UK over Christmas. You can help by putting foil in your household green sacks or communal recycling bins, along with tins, cans, glass bottles, jars, plastic bottles and most plastic packaging. Recycling six foil mince pie cases saves enough enough energy to watch Eastenders on Christmas Day. 

Christmas wrapping

Christmas cards, envelopes, wrapping paper, crackers, paper hats and cardboard boxes can all be recycled, which is helpful since the UK uses enough wrapping paper during the festive season to reach round the world nine times.

Rockin' around the Christmas tree

Hackney Council will collect your tree for free or you can drop it off at Millfields depot. Remember to take all the decorations off and save them for next year!

Christmas trees will be shredded and turned into compost to be used in Hackney’s parks and gardens. 


Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods
We know how much hard work goes into making Christmas a memorable time. There’s so much to remember, so recycling may not seem like a high priority, however it’s actually the perfect time to be on top of your recycling. We want to help people realise that recycling and re-using at Christmas doesn’t have to be a chore, in fact it's quick, easy and requires little effort.
Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods