What to do with your Christmas recycling

Millions of tonnes of waste will have been created over Christmas and New Year so local waste chiefs are asking householders to take advantage of the…

Millions of tonnes of waste will have been created over Christmas and New Year so local waste chiefs are asking householders to take advantage of the region’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres where they can bring all sorts of festive leftovers to be recycled.

Merseyside householders can bring along a host of items for recycling to the Centres, with most accepting car and household batteries, cans, cardboard, garden waste, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, timber and white goods.

The Recycling Centres are open from 8.00am until 5.00pm during winter*.

Here are some tips for a cleaner, greener Christmas:

1. Whether it’s wrapping paper and glass bottles or cardboard packaging – sort through and separate your waste before visiting your local Recycling Centre. This way you’ll be able to recycle more easily and will help to reduce queues at sites.

2. Put your glossy wrapping paper (not plastic film gift wrapping) into the cardboard recycling container not the paper container – about 83 sq km of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins over Christmas.

3. Flatten cardboard boxes before adding them to a recycling container – it will take up less room.

4. Remove any plastic wrapping and polystyrene before placing cardboard boxes into the correct container.

5. Separate your clear bottles, brown bottles and green bottles for the correct container (and place your blue bottles with green bottles) – we use an estimated 750 million extra glass bottles and containers over Christmas.

6. Bring us your cans – people use an extra 500 million drinks cans during the festive period, which are all recyclable!

7. Remember to recycle Christmas cards instead of throwing them away – you can recycle them at your local Tesco, WH Smiths, M&S or TK Maxx (they are helping the Woodland Trust to plant and maintain woodlands throughout the UK).

8. After Christmas you can bring your real Christmas trees to our Recycling Centres where they’ll be shredded and turned into chippings for compost.

9. Please don’t bring us plastic bags – try to reuse them as much as possible and next time you go shopping why not buy a bag-for-life?

10. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to use your local Household Waste Recycling Centre more often?

Cllr Kevin Cluskey, Chairperson of MWDA, said: “This is about helping save pennies, the planet and space in our bins. It’s as good a time as any to turn over a new leaf.”



*except Rainford and Rainhill, Sat 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, and Sun 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Merseyside’s 14 HWRCs are operated by Mersey Waste Holdings Ltd. on behalf of MWDA:

Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby
Huyton – Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton Industrial Estate
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park
Newton-le-Willow – Junction Lane
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth
Rainford – Southerns Lane
Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle
West Kirby – Greenbank Road

All the HWRCs accept the following materials for recycling:

Batteries (car and household), Cans, Cardboard, Glass bottles/Jars (except Rainford), Garden waste, Oil, Paper, Rubble, Scrap metal, Textiles, Timber.