Recycling at Christmas

Mighty Recycling at Christmas


Regular readers will know that we have teamed up with the Welsh Government to help promote recycling in Wales, and as we lead up to Christmas and spending more time at home than ever, we have some great tips for you to recycle as much as you can..

Recycling at Christmas

Christmas Drinks / Diodydd Nadolig

From your cup of tea to your celebration tipple, you can recycle so much:

Recycle your teabags
69% of people in Wales recycle their tea bags. With MiMi (biggest sister) home for Christmas, we will be recycling A LOT – she loves her tea! Recycling just two teabags by putting them in your food waste caddy can create enough electricity to fully charge a smartphone. You can also recycle your coffee grounds. (That’s Mum covered too!)

Recycle your plastic bottles
Over 85% of us already recycle plastic drinks bottles – we make sure to include all our tonic and lemonade ones too!

Crush your cans
Whether it’s Mum sipping on an alcoholic beverage or big bro Luke having a soft drink this Christmas we won’t forget to recycle our cans. Recycling just one can saves enough energy to power a vacuum cleaner for an hour – calling the teens to help!

Keeping giving with glass
Glass is easy to recycle and can be recycled into new products again and again.
We rinse our empty wine, beer and soft drink glass bottles, pop the lid back on and put into our recycling. Don’t forget your empty jars of pickles, chutneys, preserves, and condiments can be recycled too.

Christmas Food / Bwyd Nadolig

Did you know you can recycle your plastic chocolate tubs?
It takes 75% less energy to make a bottle from recycled plastic than using raw materials.
The big plastic tubs of chocolate and sweets we have at Christmas ( and we have one or two!) can be put out for recycling too. Remember to remove any wrappers first.

Foil mince pie cases
Metal can be recycled again and again without losing quality and that includes mince pie cases and clean used cooking foil. 70% of us in Wales already recycle foil – let’s get that number up!  We scrunch up our foil items and remove any food before recycling them. We also empty and rinse any foil containers.

Christmas Dinner / Cinio Nadolig

After we have eaten the best meal of the year, we recycle turkey bones, veg peelings, and any leftovers . We also recycle any eggshells, peelings and cores from fruit and stale bread. Make sure it goes in your kitchen caddy for recycling. 80% of us recycle our food waste in Wales and one caddy full of food waste can produce enough energy to power a TV for two hours. That’s a good Christmas Movie!

Recycling at Christmas

Gifts / Anrhegion


With three women in the house ar Christmas, we have a lot of aerosols to recycle! We include hairspray, deodorant and shaving gel. 73% of us recycle our empty aerosols. Recycling one aerosol can save enough energy to power a home stereo for 32 hours. That’s a whole lot of Christmas tunes! Make sure they are empty and remove plastic caps.


We always take our used batteries to the dedicated bin at our household waste centre and st Christmas there are more then ever!

Packaging / Deunydd pacio

We use more cardboard over Christmas than any other time of year. 86% of people in Wales do recycle their cardboard – including us. Remember to remove any packaging tape and flatten boxes and recycle the cardboard inner tubes from wrapping paper. Christmas cards and envelopes can be recycled but make sure you remove any ribbons, bows, glitter or foil before putting them into your recycling.

Advent calendar packaging
We separate the cardboard from the inner tray and recycle the outer cardboard packaging but the inner tray cannot be recycled so that goes in our general rubbish bin.

Christmas trees & foliage / Coed Nadolig

Real Christmas trees are 100% recyclable. You need to check with your council to see if they collect
them with your garden waste or if you can take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. We also take any other foliage such as branches, holly, ivy and mistletoe. Plastic Christmas trees, with or without built-in lights, can be out with rigid plastics at your household waste recycling centre and Christmas lights can be put into the Small Electrical collection point.

Do make sure you join us in Mighty Recycling at Christmas to help make Wales NUmber on in the World!

This post is in collaboration with Wales Recycles and The Welsh Government.


  1. Great info in here. I am pretty clued up on recycling and really make an effort with it. MY partner Is rubbish so I have to go through the bins!

    Christmas is such a bad time for extra rubbish so I make an even bigger effort x

  2. Great advice. Personally I put a lot of food/kitchen waste in a compost bin in the garden. The council where I live won’t accept food waste for recycling anyway.

  3. Our recycling has been made a lot easier with wheelie bins for various things, I just do it automatically now without even thinking

  4. We always recycle as much as we can all year round, hopefully this will encourage others to do the same.

  5. We try and recycle as much as we can and we get a lot of packaging and boxes so we’re actually having to go to the recycling tip this weekend ahead of Christmas x

  6. It’s great to see the Welsh Government running a campaign like this. At this time of the year, so much goes to waste unnecessarily and it would be lovely to think we could reduce the amount of waste this year.

  7. I noticed too that since we went into the first lock down, I recycled a lot and still am. I recycle tea bags and coffee grinds as well.
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  8. Such a great campaign! I find that people tend to end up with more waste during Christmas and it is so important that we do remember to recycle as much products as possible.

  9. We try and recycle as much as we can but I must admit I could do with being a little better at it

  10. I never knew you could recycle tea bags, what a great idea. The campaign sounds brilliant, England should join in too

  11. I really like being able to collect and see dates of ecological ideas for Christmas. It is a great gift for the Earth. Great!

  12. I love how many ways you can recycle and save the planet. We are definitely doing all of this!

  13. I just love this and yes…recycling is so important especially with plastics. We need to try and tamp down the excessive use of plastics and love that here on Long Island all plastic bags have been banned… it is a step in the right direction. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  14. I never thought of recycling food! Great tips for the holidays to make sure nothing goes to waste!

  15. This is a good idea. Recycling is a great campaign especially during this time of year.
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