Enjoying the festive season can often bring extra waste which if not properly disposed of can be bad for the environment. There are plenty of ways you can recycle and help us work together to tackle climate change and work towards a carbon free borough.

Cllr Caroline Reeves, Leader of the Council, said: “We all know we need to recycle and do our bit to reduce waste this festive season. Please try using recycled goods such as brown paper to wrap presents and reusing leftovers – just some of the small actions we can all take.

“It is also important to make sure we all take time to recycle properly– especially after the excesses of Christmas. The information below can help us all do the best we can to recycle as much as possible. From food waste, used batteries and real Christmas trees there are plenty of ways to help.”
Wrapping paper – Any leftover wrapping paper can be put away to be reused – or put into your green recycling bin.
Please note, heavily decorated, glittery or very glossy wrapping paper can’t be recycled.
Christmas baubles and decorations – Christmas decorations are not recyclable as it is not economical to separate out the materials.
Tinsel – cannot be recycled – please place in your refuse bin.
Recycle your Christmas tree You can recycle your real Christmas tree at one of the many sites across the borough. All trees collected are mulched and turned into compost. Christmas trees will be collected between 30 December and 17 January. Last year we collected 5523 trees. Please check www.guildford.gov.uk/recycleyourtree for collection sites.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – Last year we collected more than 44 tonnes of small waste electrical and electronic equipment. Please place your items in a tied carrier bag labelled as ‘electricals’ and leave next to your wheelie bin on your collection day.
Please do not throw old mobile phones or other devices in the bin – one of our teams had a lucky escape earlier this year after the crushing mechanism in the back of their truck caused a fire as it squashed an old mobile phone and the battery set on fire. Please use our WEEE service.
Batteries – We collected 2.5 tonnes of batteries in 2018/19 from households. Put unwanted batteries in a clear plastic bag next to your wheelie bin on your collection day. Please don’t put batteries in the bin.
Textiles – Last year we collected over 201 tonnes of textiles from household and clothing bank sites across the borough. Please place clean and dry items in a tied plastic bag and leave next to your wheeled bin on your collection day.
Food Waste – In 2018/19, we collected over 4432 tonnes of food waste. We know that there can be a lot more over the festive period but please don’t put food waste in the bin.
How recycling your food waste can save money  – Did you know that putting food waste in your caddy rather than in your rubbish bin will help save over £3 million a year? Food waste that’s collected from your outside food waste bin is recycled through anaerobic digestion which costs less than half what it costs to dispose of it. These savings mean you’re helping to protect other council services like social care, libraries and schools.
For lots more information on how, what and where to recycle please see: www.guildford.gov.uk/recycling