Help us be even greener this Christmas

Stockport residents are amongst the best in the country at recycling, helping us to do our bit for the environment and send less waste to land fill.

Help us be even greener this Christmas

As Christmas fast approaches we want to help residents keep up this good work, so the Council is sharing its top five recycling tips aimed at making it easier for you to recycle as much of your waste as possible over the Christmas period.

  1. It’s not all about the glitter! Glitter is made of plastic that cannot be recycled, so if you’ve not got your cards or wrapping paper yet why not try to avoid those with it on this year? If you receive cards or paper with glitter on all you have to do is tear off the glittery sections and place them in your black bin before recycling the rest.
  2. Buy the right size - Make sure you buy the right sized turkey this year. Did you know that the equivalent of 2 million turkeys ended up in the bin across the country each Christmas? For a typical family of 4-6 people, the recommended turkey size is 2-2.5kg.
  3. Boxes, boxes and more boxes – At Christmas 300,000 tonnes of cardboard packaging is used nationally, enough to fill Old Trafford 180,000 times! All of this empty packaging can be recycled in your blue bin – but do forget to squash it first so you can fit more in!
  4. Batteries not included! There are always an essential for toys and gadgets at Christmas, but why not invest in rechargeable batteries this year? If you do have any dead batteries remember you can recycle these at most supermarkets rather than just putting them in the bin.
  5. Who ate all the (mince) pies? Every year around 370 million minces pie are sold in Britain, making it one of our favourite festive treats. Once you’ve savoured every mouthful don’t forget to put the foil tray in your brown bin along with your drinks cans, glass and plastic bottles and other plastic/glass recyclable items.

Once Christmas is over, it’s easy to recycle your real Christmas trees by chopping them up to compost in your green bin. Alternatively, you can take them to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

We also want to remind residents that over the Christmas period your bin collection date may change. You can find out which bins will be collected on which date online by checking your recycling calendar or downloading the Recycle for Greater Manchester app.

“I’d like to thank residents for their continued commitment to recycling this year, all of your efforts really do make a huge difference. As we enjoy Christmas, it’s a time when the amount of waste we produce tends to increase. We hope these recycling tips will help keep recycling at the forefront of people’s minds,” said Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing.