Melton Borough Council

Christmas bin collections

Changes to your waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year 2018/19

There are no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day. Please see our handy postcode tool to find out exactly when your bin collection will take place or refer to the table below.

Christmas bin collections




Christmas recycling:

Christmas cards:

 A staggering 300,000 tonnes of Christmas card is used in the UK households during the festive season. Most cards are paper based and can be recycled, along with the envelope. Any extras such as ribbons, glitter or bows cannot be recycled and need to be removed beforehand.

Electrical goods:

If you receive new electrical items for Christmas you may be wondering what to do with your unwanted old ones. Place them at the side of your brown bin in a standard size carrier bag, we will collect them and send them on to be recycled.

Wrapping Paper:

Some wrapping paper is not suitable for recycling due to the amount of glitter and sticky tape; only non foil paper will be accepted. Do the scrunch test! Scrunch up the paper and if it doesn’t spring back it is non-foil and can be recycled.

Don’t forget about the box:

As online shopping increases, so do the number of boxes being delivered. Most cardboard boxes are high-value recyclables, but the sheer volume of them means they often overflow the recycling bins. If this happens, place any cardboard at the side of your brown bin on recycling collection day and our crews will take it away.

Baubles & Tinsel:

Baubles cannot be recycled, broken baubles should be placed in your black bin. If your tinsel has finally lost its sparkle, again it’s the black bin.

Love your clothes:

The UK has some of the best dressed landfill sites – over £140 million worth of used clothes goes there every year. The Council will now collect any textiles – place them in a standard size carrier bag (no black sacks please) and put them out for collection at the side of your brown bin.

Green waste:

There will be no green waste collections from 21st December 2018 until 7th January 2019. If you are a member of the Green Waste Club, real Christmas trees can be placed in your green bin in sections of approx. 1 metre. Remember to remove tinsel, decorations and any pots or stands.