This Christmas, give your wrapping paper the scrunch test

All you have to do is scrunch it …. to sort it!

Once you have ripped the wrapping paper off your presents, scrunch it in your hands …… if it stays in a ball, it can go it the recycling bin but if it bounces back open, it needs to go in your rubbish bin!

But FREEZE ….. don’t recycle your wrapping paper if it contains foil or glitter, or if it has lots of tape on it.


Just remember, you can do these tests with other household items ALL YEAR ROUND, try it on crisp packets and plastic bags, neither of which can be recycled.


Top Tips for Reducing Waste this Christmas

Give experiences rather than gifts

We all like gifts but memories can last longer. There are lots of local courses or why not buy someone a membership to visit one of Norfolk’s museums, you could even pay for their garden waste collection!


Make your own decorations 

Making your own decorations is easy and fun for all the family. You can even make compostable decorations – giving back to your garden later in the year! From pine cones to paper snowflakes there’s something for everyone over on our Pinterest page. 


Send e-cards not real cards

Everyone loves getting post, but what happens to all those cards when the festive period is over? You can recycle cards in your home recycling bin (not ones with glitter on though please) or you could reuse them for gift labels next year.  If you want to cut down on your Christmas waste you might want to send e-cards or even donate the money you would have spent to good causes instead.

Remember to Recycle these Extra bits!!!

  • Mince pie boxes, Plastics trays and Foil tins
  • Glass Bottles
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Foil from your chocolate Father Christmas/chocolate coins
  • Cards (No glitter please)
  • Cardboard boxes and Toy packaging (please remove any plastic film)
  • Biscuits Boxes and Inner Trays (clean please)
  • Real Christmas tree ( In Your Garden Waste Bin)
  • Clean Turkey Foil


Get Food Savvy this Christmas

Christmas is a time when we really embrace big meals and delicious food to share with our family and friends. We know it can be quite a challenge to buy the right amount of food and then know what to do with the leftovers but on’t worry, we are here to help you.

Here are our three top tips to help you make the most of your Christmas goodies:

Make room in the freezer

Start using up items from your freezer to make sure you have extra storage space. You can freeze leftovers, even gravy! To find out more about what can be frozen take a look at this link.

Make a list before doing your Christmas food shop

Check your store cupboard essentials before heading to the shops and try not to be lured in by special offers. Be brave and break with tradition, if nobody likes sprouts buy another vegetable instead.

Plan, plan and plan again!

If you’ve got guests coming it’s even more essential to plan your meals. If you’re serving a starter and a dessert, why not reduce the portion sizes of the main meal to avoid wastage. With the best intentions there are bound to be leftovers so include them in your plans, here are some fantastic leftover recipes using up common Christmas foods like Stilton, Brussels sprouts and turkey.

If you’re like us and Granny just keeps on bringing out those box of biscuits, don’t forget than any surplus food can be taken to one of our Community Fridges and you can sign up to

Recycling Centres at Christmas

Overrun with Christmas waste? How big was that box those toys came in?! Don’t forget Norfolk’s recycling centres will be running normal opening hours over the festive period apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, when they will be closed.

No one wants to spend a lot of time at the recycling centre, especially when there are mince pies waiting to be eaten, so remember to sort your items such as wrapping paper & cards, packaging boxes, broken Christmas lights and your old Christmas tree into separate bags. Recycling centre staff will be on hand to help you to find the right place to put your waste.

For full information on opening hours, the wide range of items that can be taken to the sites, and details on the eight reuse shops – please visit our Recycling Centres page

Bin Collections this Christmas


With the Christmas holidays there may be changes to arrangements for your bin collections, remember to check with your Local Council about Christmas and New Year kerbside recycling and waste collection times.

Follow us on Social Media for more Festive Season Tips

Our social media pages will be giving you waste saving tips everyday in December, throughout the festive season and into New Year, why not follow us on Social Media? There are even some jolly Christmas tunes!