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Recycle right over Christmas

Published: Thursday, 19th December 2019

Residents are reminded of the importance of recycling over Christmas. The city council is reminding people the best ways to clear out the clutter and recycle over the festive period.

The council will be writing to residents in some areas of the city reminding them that blue recycling bins will not be collected between Christmas and New Year, with an extra bag being delivered to them for this period.

Items that can be recycled and put in your blue bin are:

  • Empty plastic bottles without tops (put tops in the bin separately) and other plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Clean steel and aluminium food and drink cans, foil and aerosols
  • Black plastic food trays
  • Washed glass bottles and jars with tops or lids removed, placed tops/lids in bin separately
  • Squashed cardboard without tape
  • Food and drink cartons

Residents who live in the areas affected by changes to the blue bin collection over Christmas, meaning they won't receive a collection for a few weeks, will have already received or will be receiving a note through their door with a bin bag which they can use to put any extra recycling in. These extra bags can be left next to their blue bin on their next collection. 

Residents are additionally reminded that they can clear out the Christmas clutter at Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s recycling centres. Over the Christmas period our recycling centres will be open additional days to help people dispose of their Christmas waste. Hanford Household Waste Recycling Centre will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 4:30pm as usual and additionally Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 December.

Burslem Household Waste Recycling Centre will be open Friday to Tuesday, 9am to 4:30pm as usual and additionally Thursday 2 January. Both will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. As well as domestic and garden waste, green minded residents can drop off outmoded small electrical items, batteries, televisions, clothing and accessories among other goods.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for the environment said: “With all the meal preparation, present buying and high expectations, Christmas can be a stressful time - whether it's something you celebrate or not. That week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day is when time stops still for a lot of people and we forget what day it is.

“You probably already know what day your bin is usually collected (it's the same every week) but this is the one time of year that changes because we think our bin men do a fantastic job in all weather conditions to provide the best service possible and we think they deserve time off at Christmas.”

For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 236703.