Recycling and collections over Christmas

With Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day all falling at the weekend this year, kerbside recycling and refuse collections over Christmas and new year will be on your usual days. 

Please leave your recycling and refuse out by 6am on your scheduled day.

Please bear with us if we miss your collection. Leave it out and we’ll collect it as soon as possible.

Garden waste collections stop over Christmas and new year. The last collection will be on Friday 17 December, with the service resuming from Monday 3 January. 

To check your collection days and download your 2022 collection calendar if you have fortnightly recycling, go to our bin and box collection day checker and enter your postcode. 

Recycle this Christmas! 

Christmas trees 

Christmas tree recycling sites across the city will be open from Monday 27 December until Monday 10 January.

Please remove all decorations and the pot before leaving your tree. 

To find your nearest site, visit our Christmas tree recycling webpage.

Don't leave trees on the pavement, road or beside a communal bin. This is fly-tipping and you could be fined.

Food and drink 

Plastic bottles can go straight in your recycling box or bin, washed and squashed.

Rinsed drink cans and food tins can also go in your recycling, along with egg boxes, cardboard sleeves for food packaging and all tin biscuit boxes. 

Please keep all glass bottles and jars in a separate recycling box so glass doesn’t contaminate the other materials.

Wrapping paper and cardboard

Please only recycle wrapping paper and plain Christmas cards - foil or paper covered in glitter can’t be recycled. 

Flatten all your cardboard boxes and paper bags to make space in your recycling bins and boxes.


Recycle used batteries at your local supermarket or our household recycling sites.

Do not put batteries in your household waste or recycling.

Household recycling sites

You can also take your recycling to a recycling point or one of the city’s two household recycling sites.

Recycling your old tech

If you have old electrical items you no longer use, recycle them through Tech-Takeback.

Almost 27,000 electrical items have been collected since the service launched its RevaluElectricals doorstep collection service last November. 

The service collects devices such as mobile phones, computers and small appliances in a fully electric van with the aim of giving items a second life.

Donations are securely wiped clean of data before being refurbished and prepared for re-use or recycled.

A total of 5,463 items have been redistributed, including more than 2,000 household electricals going to new homes and 294 laptops to schools, charities and families.

Visit the Tech-Takeback website to find out more

Recycling A-Z

For all you need to know about recycling in Brighton & Hove, visit our A-Z of recycling.

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