Jingle all the way
to the recycling bin.
Reduce, reuse & recycle
more this Christmas!
Castlereagh Borough Council,
Technical and Environmental Services
028 9049 4600
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Jingle all the way to the recycling bin this Christmas…
The count down to Christmas has started and Castlereagh Borough
Council is encouraging all householders to continue to reduce, reuse
and recycle over the festive period.
Please make full use of the Council’s recycling collection services,
Household Recycling Centres and Community Bring sites!
In the UK approximately:
• 250 tonnes of Christmas trees are simply thrown out after Christmas!
• 4,500 tonnes of tin foil is disposed of at Christmas!
• 500 tonnes of Christmas tree lights are thrown into the landfill bin!
• 13,350 tonnes of glass, from champagne and sherry bottles to
mincemeat and cranberry sauce jars are placed into the grey bin!
How to reduce, reuse and recycle this Christmas!
• Please make full use of the Councils Real Christmas Tree
recycling where real Christmas trees can be collected
for composting from 3rd-20th January 2012 at: -
• Hillmount Nursery, Upper Braniel Road, Gilnahirk,
Belfast, BT5 7TX
• Woodlawn Garden Centre, Ballynahinch Road,
Carryduff, BT8 8DJ
• Council’s Household Recycling Centres
• You can now dispose of tin foil through your blue bin and kerbie
boxes and don’t forget the Council’s Household Recycling Centres!
See the Council’s website for more information.
• You can recycle all your glass at the Council’s Community bring
sites. Please remember that glass banks cannot accept Pyrex or
crockery! Only clear, brown, green and blue glass bottles & jarsthese
can be mixed in the banks and no longer need to be separated!
• If you have space, keep your recycling bin next to your main bin, not
only during the festive season but all year round, so you can take out
the rubbish and recycle at the same time.
• When you go to do your Christmas shop, take any recycling which
you can’t recycle to your local Community Bring site, including
glass and textiles- see locations at :
• Don’t bin your waste electricals bring them to your local Household
Recycling Centre for recycling, large white goods can now be taken
for reuse see www.brysonelectricalrecycling.co.uk/
for more information.
• If you are having visitors this Christmas, let them know where your
recycling bins are and what goes in them!
• Remember all your food waste can be placed into the brown bin,
please use the liners supplied by the Council or wrap food in single
sheet of newspaper or you can place food waste loose into the brown
bin. Please remove all packaging.
• Any unwanted Household batteries can be recycled through your
kerbie box collections and also at the Council’s Household Recycling
• You could organise a present swap for any unwanted presents or
donate any unwanted gifts to your local charity shops.
• Remember to recycle all your Christmas cards via your blue bin
or kerbie boxes.
Cutting down on Contamination
Sometimes items are placed into the recycling bins that the Council
cannot accept. Collection crews will check all bins and if items that
cannot be accepted have been placed into recycling bins or boxes an
‘Oops’ card will be left highlighting what items cannot be recycled.
It is your responsibility to remove these items from the bin. Please see
http://www.castlereagh.gov.uk/Contamination.asp for further
information on contamination.
• Christmas wrapping paper cannot be recycled, as it is often made of
poor quality paper and can be layered with foil and plastic or
covered in sticky tape and ribbons, all of which make it unsuitable for
recycling. Therefore please put all wrapping paper into your grey
• Only plastic bottles are accepted in the recycling bins and boxes.
NO other type of plastic is accepted this includes any type of
plastic packaging, butter tubs, yoghurt pots, plastic toys,
plastic inserts etc are not accepted. Please place any plastic
packaging from toys or food into your grey waste bin.
• Please remove all packaging before placing
food waste into the brown bin. Only use
liners provided by the Council. You can
purchase additional liners from the Council
Offices, Bradford Court, Belfast BT6 8RB for
£1 (approx 30 liners). Alternatively you can
wrap any food waste in a single sheet of newspaper or
simply put food waste loose into your brown bin.
Reducing food waste this Christmas…
‘Love food, hate waste’!
The ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign has put together some top tips to
help us all make the most of our festive food!
• Stilton or other cheese can be frozen if you can’t get through them,
and don’t forget that strong cheese makes great sauces and soups .
• Add herbs or even chilli to leftover veggies and meat, and make a
wonderful, hot soup to have after the Boxing Day stroll.
• Chestnuts are highly perishable because of their low fat content. To
keep them fresh enough to use for week or so, put them in a plastic
bag in the salad drawer of the fridge. Freeze those you don’t wish to
eat over Christmas.
• Pile leftover smoked salmon onto toasted bagels spread with cream
cheese and sprinkle with lemon juice and black pepper. Or mix into
scrambled eggs for a Boxing Day breakfast.
• For more information please see
The Council would like to thank
all its householders for their
continued support and
commitment to recycling.
The Council’s recycling rate is
now 42% and rising!