Thanks to experts from J&B Recycling & Yorwaste for their advice!
To find out when your bin collections will take place over the Christmas period, click here: www.cravendc.gov.uk/christmasbins
Christmas wrapping paper
We can recycle wrapping paper - but not all kinds! A lot of wrapping paper, especially the shiny metallic variety, is made from either plastic and metal foil (or both) and once that gets mixed with other paper then it can cause serious problems at the paper mills. Think about wrapping your presents in brown paper this year.
If you’re in doubt, try the ‘scrunch test’ with festive wrap. Scrunch the paper in your hand and if it stays in a ball, it can be put into the recycling.
As pretty as bows and ribbons look, don’t put them into your recycling bin. Save them in a bag ready for next year’s haul!
Christmas cards can be recycled - but not if they contain glitter, plastic-coated holograms or shiny foil. Put these into your green household waste bin, or even better, plan not to buy them in the first place. If the glitter or foil is restricted to the front cover of the card then you could always tear off the back and recycle that part only.
Christmas lights, baubles and tinsel can't be recycled. Broken lights should NOT be placed in your green household waste bin either as there is a fire risk. Please take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
These cannot be put in your blue recycling bin or your green household waste bin - please take them to your local supermarket or Household Waste Recycling Centre where they can be recycled.
Food and drink packaging
Most of your food and drink packaging can be recycled as normal, such as cardboard, glass bottles, tins, cans, plastic bottles, and clean aluminium foil. Remember - no black plastic! Check our page at www.cravendc.gov.uk/recycling to find out more about what you can and can't recycle.
All those Amazon boxes can be recycled - just remove any polystyrene packaging or plastic bags, flatten them and make sure they are in pieces no bigger than 4ft x 2ft.
Please don't place other recycling items inside of boxes. They can get hidden and contaminate the cardboard collection.
Parents will know that toy packaging is absolutely abundant on Christmas day – and plain card is fine for the recycling bin. Remember to rip off any plastic attachments and polystyrene.
Please do not put polystyrene and blister packs in the blue recycling bin.
Any food waste must go in your green household waste bin - not the blue recycling bin.
Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website to learn more about how you can reduce food waste, save money and help the environment. The website offers meal-planning tips and recipes, ideas on how to use leftovers and information on how to store your food so it stays fresher for longer.
Excess recycling waste
We will accept extra recycling that won't fit in your blue bin over the Christmas period, providing it is placed in clear plastic sacks. You can request these online, before Christmas, here: Order clear plastic sacks
Christmas tree recycling
Craven District Council is not providing a free Christmas tree collection service from households this year.
Instead we will be setting up designated drop-off points for you to recycle your real Christmas tree. Please ensure all decorations have been removed from the tree before taking it to a collection point.
The locations of these sites will be confirmed shortly.
Sites will be open on Saturday 12th January 2019, between 8am and 1pm only.
Householders can also deliver Christmas trees to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres at: Skibeden, A59 Harrogate Road, Skipton or Sowarth Field Industrial Estate, Settle, free of charge for composting.
These sites are open six days a week from 8.30am to 4pm, throughout October to March (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). These sites are closed on Wednesdays.
Tired old artificial trees are not recyclable and should go into the green household waste bin, not the blue recycling bin. However, there could be a charity or community centre crying out for them so make sure you check first.
Both Skipton and Settle Household Waste Recycling Centres are open six days a week from 8.30am to 4pm, throughout October to March (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). These sites are closed on Wednesdays.
Recycling centres are particularly busy over the holiday period. If the bins are full don't leave your waste nearby, hang on to it and the bins will be emptied as quickly as possible, making plenty of room for your recyclables in January.