Waste and recycling over the holiday season

Bristol Waste will be taking some time off at their depots so there will be no collections on 25th and 26th December or the 1st JanuaryBut they will be working three extra Saturdays to catch up – the 30th December, 6th and 13th January. Normal collections will resume on Monday 15th January which begins our ‘Week A’ rounds.

HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES

If you’re making extra room at home and need to get rid of some of those larger items, or if you have an excess of packaging that won’t fit in your recycling boxes, then why not take it to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres . Do please note though that these will also be closed on 25th and 26th December and the 1st January. Don’t forget to bring your ID with you as we now want to ensure that this service is for Bristol residents.

CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTIONS

On your new collection calendar you will see a tree symbol on the day trees will be collected.  Please put your tree out where you would put your normal refuse or recycling for collection.  Real trees only please – they all go to make compost.

FESTIVE FOOD

Eat, drink and be merry for sure but check the Festive Food For Thought page to see how to waste less, save money and make sure that any unavoidable food waste goes in your brown food waste caddies. Fun fact: food waste is a valuable resource for Bristol and is transformed in to energy to help power our city.

WHAT TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS CARDS?

Put cards in the recycling boxes and let them become new paper, or packaging – maybe even for next year’s present wrapping! Here’s a few tips about recycling the cards. Alternatively, why not get creative straight away and make them in to gift tags for the next round of ‘giving’?

WHAT TO DO WITH WRAPPING PAPER?

Unfortunately, wrapping paper cannot be recycled because most of it has either a plastic or foil coating and that would mean contamination of the paper stream sademoji.png . But why not get creative with that present wrapping? Here’s some fantastic ideas of what to do with it.  Who doesn’t like bunting and bows? Just a thought… why not choose to wrap the pressies you give this year in something recyclable? You could use bright material, brown paper or even a colourful magazine? All of which can be recycled.

FUN WITH FAIRY LIGHTS!

We’ve all been there. Dug out the fairy lights to adorn your tree and they aren’t working. If it’s not just as simple as needing a new bulb, please don’t throw them in your black wheelie bin, or they will end up in landfill.  Pop them in your black recycling box or take them to one of the household waste recycling centres and they will be put to good use.

UNWANTED PRESENTS

Why not re-gift unwanted presents to someone who will like them? Alternatively, there are plenty of charity shops to donate them to, so others can feel the love.

BATTERY POWER

Please put your used batteries out for recycling in the black box. So that these don’t get in with any other recyclable materials it would be good if you could put them in a clear plastic bag so they are easily identifiable.
Any other questions get in touch.
Bristol Waste wishes Bristol residents a safe and sustainable season.