Recycling at Christmas

Festive recycling and waste collection days

There will be no Christmas collection day changes for recycling or rubbish this year!

Garden waste (brown bin/sack) and bulky waste collections are suspended over the festive period

Garden waste and bulky waste collections will be suspended between 26 December 2022 and 8 January 2023.

Christmas tree recycling

8 million Christmas trees are sold every year in the UK. That’s enough to stretch end to end from London to the North Pole and back!

We will collect real, bare Christmas trees (free from decorations, lights and treats) on your green/brown bin day between Tuesday 10 January and Friday 3 February 2023. They will be shredded and turned into compost for local farmland.

If you live in a flat, or want to recycle your real tree sooner, you can take it to one of our collection points located across the city. These will be open after Christmas, Monday 26 December 2022 and will close on Friday 3 February 2023.

Artificial trees

If you have an artificial tree that it can't be reused again, drop it off to a recycling centre.

Christmas food waste

This year, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, we are giving away compostable food liners. You can pick them up from your local library or from the ODS Marsh Road depot. Find the full list of liner giveaway locations on the Oxfordshire County Council website.

You can also line your food caddy with plastic bags (excluding black plastic bags), newspaper, or you can even place food in your caddy loose!

Deck the halls

Have you found your Christmas lights have lost their spark? Or do the batteries for your Christmas ornament need replacing? Recycle your small broken electrical items and batteries by leaving them on top of any bin lid in separate clear bags on your collection day.

If you live in a flat with shared bins, please recycle your small electrical items using collection banks, and batteries at drop off locations, located across the city.

T’is the season to be jolly aware of recycling!

Over Christmas we generate around 30% more waste and most of this can be recycled. In Oxfordshire alone we generate 2,500 extra tonnes of waste over the festive period! 

If you have any leftover wrapping paper and Christmas cards that can be reused, save them for next year. Any recycling that can't be reused can be placed into your blue recycling bin. Check out our festive recycling tips:

  • Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling to save room in your recycling bin
  • Ensure cardboard is placed inside of your bin or sack (wet paper can't be recycled)
  • Place extra recycling next to your bin or sack in a clear bag for collection
  • Remove ribbons, bows and other ornaments before recycling wrapping paper
  • Do the scrunch test to see if your Christmas wrapping paper is recyclable or not (paper with glitter, foil and plastic can't be recycled

Up to 80% of your waste can be recycled. Please try to recycle as much as possible. Extra rubbish that doesn't fit in your green bin or lilac sacks will not be collected.

But wait...there is myrrh

We want to encourage Oxford residents to reduce and re-use as much as possible at Christmas! Whether you buy the right amount of food for your Christmas guests; look for alternative presents (e.g. experiences not things) or just make sure you take all your soft plastics to a supermarket collection point. Every small action makes a difference, especially if all of Oxford works together!

Follow our social media pages for our Christmas ‘Make savings not waste' campaign. This year we have produced handy hints and tips for Oxford residents to save money, carbon, time and resources throughout Christmas all while producing less waste!

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @Recycle4Oxford and have yourselves a waste free Christmas!