Boxing Day - What can I recycle?

Posted by / Tuesday 04 December 2018 / Parenting Tips
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While ribbons, tinsel and wrapping are beautiful additions to Christmas gifts, it is no secret that Christmas can be one of the most wasteful times of the year in the UK. The more that we can recycle during this holiday season, the better the environment will be for it. This Boxing Day, teach your kids what you can and can’t recycle.

To help you out, we’ve put together a little list:

Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper can’t always be recycled. It is often dyed, laminated or covered in foil or glitter – which can’t be recycled. It’s worth checking if your council will accept it – recyclenow has some good advice.

Christmas Cards

Similarly to wrapping paper, Christmas cards can be recycled as long as they do not have foil or glitter on them. Thankfully, they are easy to spot. Just put them in a pile and discard them and recycle the rest.

Hard Plastics

Each council collects their plastic recycling differently. The BBC have a handy tool which can show you what you can recycle in your area. 


What else can I recycle?


Paper Products

This includes tissue paper

Metal Sweet and Biscuit Tins

Christmas Crackers

Make sure they have no foil or glitter on – if not, they’re good for recycling!

Advent Calendars

Make sure you’ve eaten all the goodies inside first!

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Having your kids help you tidy on Boxing Day is helpful for both you and for them.

It teaches them about recycling and gives them responsibility that will teach them communication and social skills while also taking the heavy mess load off of you.

If you are looking for more information about recycling in the UK, visit or for more on recycling information within your local council.

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