Post-Christmas waste and recycling advice

Published January 3, 2018 at 13:18

With Christmas and New Year over for another year, Rossendale Council has issued some advice and guidance on what to do with some of the waste and recycling created as a result of the festive period.

‘Real’ Christmas trees

Please take your real Christmas tree to your nearest recycling site, where it will be taken away and turned into compost.

For details of your nearest site please check the Lancashire County Council web site.

Wrapping paper: the ‘scrunch’ test

The scrunch test is a simple way to determine whether wrapping paper is made from metallised plastic film. Simply scrunch the item in your hand – if it remains ‘scrunched’ it can be recycled; if it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.

Christmas Cards

Cards can be recycled in your grey recycling bin or green recycling sack. Many large stores and charities also accept used cards for recycling.


Many retailers accept used batteries for recycling by providing ‘battery bank’ collection points in supermarkets, DIY centres or even your local shop.

Please don’t place batteries in your wheelie bin for collection – they can cause fires if the batteries spark against the metal floor of waste collection vehicles.

Go here for more advice and an A to Z of recycling.

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