At Xmas and New Year people typically generate 30% more recycling than usual. Here’s how to ensure you do so correctly.

 Hastings residents can take Christmas Trees to the Harmers Lane compound, just off Upper Park Road in Alexandra Park (Check Hastings Borough Council website for opening times). Alternatively they may be chopped up and placed in kerbside garden collection bins or taken to the household waste site at Freshfields, Bulverhythe (Check East Sussex County Council website for opening hours).

Christmas cards and advent calendars can be recycled as cardboard once ribbons, glitter, foil and batteries have been removed. The same applies to wrapping paper but metallic/foil/glitter paper can’t be recycled. 

Everything metal, from drinks cans, pie cases, kitchen foil and turkey trays can be recycled but make sure to wash them first.

Electrical items such as  old or broken Christmas lights cannot be thrown into general rubbish nor recycled from the domestic collection  bins but should be taken to the Freshfields household waste site (see above).

What can’t be recycled

• Most Xmas tree decorations such as glass baubles and plastic figures.

Tinsel and glitter

Gifts. Nearly half of  all presents are likely to be unwanted. So swap, donate to charity, re-gift, or sell them. 

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