Recycle right this festive period and keep Hertfordshire green

Published: 27 Dec 2017

At this busy time of year we can make life easier for ourselves by using our kerbside recycling to the full.

Festive waste such as drinks bottles, cans and small bits of cardboard packaging can all be disposed of at the kerbside and real Christmas trees can also be recycled in some borough and district councils. Left-over food can be reused in tasty recipes and food scraps be used for compost.

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Waste said: "A huge amount of waste is produced over the Christmas period and we want Hertfordshire residents to think about recycling and reusing more.

“While we particularly want people to recycle during the festive period, it’s equally important that they carry it on throughout the year. We urge people to make a New Year’s resolution to produce less waste and recycle more.”

The average British household spends a substantial amount on food and drink and a considerable amount of it is wasted. It is easy to save money and reduce waste by using left-overs to create cheap and interesting meals such as Turkey curry.

The average household also generates tonnes of food waste that is unavoidable, such as peelings and tea bags which go to landfill and this can all be composted.

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HWRCs will all be closed New Year’s Day, but will all be open again on Tues 2 Jan. For opening times and to check out live webcams visit


Tips to reduce waste this Christmas:

Possible recipes for leftovers include turkey and ham pie and Christmas pudding ice-cream.
Use up fruit by making healthy smoothies and freezing them. Don’t use paper napkins or plastic cutlery.
Buy fruit and vegetables loose rather than in packaging.
Recycle your Christmas cards by making them into gift labels.