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Have a more eco-friendly Christmas

From food waste to packaging, the festive period can have a real impact on the environment but there are lots of ways to have a greener Christmas.

Wrapping paper - if you scrunch wrapping paper into a ball and it stays scrunched, it can be recycled. If it bounces back, it can’t be recycled and needs to go in your rubbish bin.

Christmas catChristmas trees - you can take your Christmas tree to any of our recycling centres for free. If it's a real tree, put it in the green waste container. You can put artificial trees in the container for metals - but if it's still in good condition, you could donate it to one of our reuse shops instead.

Christmas cards – these are mostly recyclable if free from glitter and decorations. Remove any embellishments before recycling or place those cards in your rubbish bin at home.

SproutsFood waste – for tips on how to be food savvy at Christmas including recipes and ideas on what to do with ingredients such as leftover sprouts see

Our recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but open for business as usual during the rest of the festive period. Check for more recycling tips and the opening hours at your local centre.

We love reuseReuse shop

To help good quality items find a new home we’re growing our network of reuse shops – there are now 13 reuse shops at recycling centres across Norfolk. They’re a great place to pick up a bargain! Find your closest shop at

Having a clear-out? Dispose of your waste responsibly

Fly-tipping is an offence that poses a risk to people and the environment. Don’t forget there’s lots of waste you can bring to your local recycling centre for FREE: sofas, mattresses, carpet/underlay, green garden waste, all your electricals, free-standing household furniture and scrap metal. There’s a small charge for most DIY waste – more information at

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