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Christmas recycling

The Christmas period produces lots of waste, so it’s a good time to remind everyone of what can and can’t be recycled using the Council’s kerbside recycling service (blue bin) - and also provide helpful tips to reduce waste.


To find out when your bin collections will take place over the Christmas period, click here:

This Christmas, Craven District Council has teamed up with Plastic-Free Skipton to produce a special Advent calendar full of tips to make your Christmas more environmentally friendly.

To read these tips, click here: ADVENT CALENDAR

plastic sacksExcess 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 collect these from Craven District Council's offices at Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, and from Bentham Post Office, Burton in Lonsdale Village Shop/Post Office, Long Preston Post Office, Clapham Village Stores, Kettlewell Village Stores, Ingleton Village Newsagents, Dales Toffee Shop/Newsagents in Grassington, Lamberts News in Settle, and Bradley Village Store.

You can also request these online, before Christmas, here: Order clear plastic sacks

christmas tree recyclingChristmas tree recycling

Craven District Council is not providing a free Christmas tree collection service from households this year.

Householders can 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. 

wrapping paperChristmas 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 cardsChristmas cards

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 lightsChristmas lights

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.

recycling itemsFood 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 to find out more about what you can and can't recycle.

Amazon boxCardboard boxes

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.  

toy packagingCard packaging

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.

christmas foodFood waste

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.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

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.