The festive season brings joy and celebration, but it also generates a significant amount of waste. In the UK, local councils are vigilant about improper waste disposal, especially during this period.

Incorrect recycling or leaving rubbish outside of designated collection times can result in fines. Home expert, Bert Hofhuis from Every Investor, aims to help you avoid these fines by understanding and adhering to local recycling regulations.

Council-Specific Guidelines: Each local council in the UK has its own set of rules for waste disposal and recycling. It’s crucial to familiarise yourself with your council’s specific guidelines.

Collection Schedules: During the festive season, collection times may vary. Ensure you’re aware of any changes to the usual schedule over Christmas and New Year.

Wrapping Paper: Not all wrapping paper can be recycled. Avoid foil or glitter-covered paper. If it scrunches and stays scrunched, it’s likely recyclable.

Christmas Cards: Cards without glitter or metallic effects are usually recyclable. Consider ecards to reduce waste.

Christmas Trees: Real trees can often be recycled into chippings. Check with your council for tree recycling services.

Boxes and Packaging: Break down cardboard boxes. Remove any plastic packaging or polystyrene before recycling.

Food Waste: Compost where possible. Check if your council collects food waste for composting.

Batteries and Electronics: These shouldn’t be thrown in regular bins. Look for local e-waste recycling options.