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Taking care of your ‘waste’ this Christmas

Amounts of household waste increase dramatically over Christmas – as we unwrap our presents, consume lots of tasty festive fayre and then afterwards need to dispose of everything from wrappings to Christmas trees!

Northumberland County Council is providing advice and facilities that will help us to do this more easily, and in ways that protect the environment.

Real Christmas trees can be taken to any Northumberland household waste recovery centre, where they are collected and recycled along with other items of garden waste.

The council has also arranged some additional recycling points across the county, where you can take real Christmas trees during early January. Go to for details.

You can recycle tins, paper, cards and plastic bottles in your normal recycling bin, and a wide range of items can also be taken to household waste recovery centres.  These include extra cardboard packaging that won’t fit in your recycling bin, glass bottles and jars, batteries and old and broken electrical items.

Find out more about your local household waste recovery centre including opening times and a list of everything that you can take there. Go to for details.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said:  “It is just as important to recycle and compost over the Christmas and New Year period as it is at other times of the year. In fact, over Christmas we generate around 30% more waste than normal and a lot of this can be recycled or composted.

“Please visit the council’s website to find out where you can recycle your real Christmas tree, see tips to reduce food waste during the party season, find details about your local household waste recovery centre and see changes to bin collection days.

“Can I take this opportunity to wish all residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Bin collection days in Northumberland will change to take account of the bank holidays – with all bins collected two days later than normal during the week beginning 25th December, and one day later than normal during the week beginning 1st January.

Bin collection day details and timetables can also be found via the website –

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