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There's even more to recycle this festive season

HOUSEHOLDS in Swansea can recycle more Christmas waste than ever this festive season.

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Glitter-free wrapping paper that's stays scrunched in a ball can go in the green bag with paper and card once again this year rather than join the black bag waste destined for landfill.

On top of that plain Christmas cards, turkey carcasses and, chopped-up real Christmas trees can also go for kerbside recycling.

Residents are reminded to recycle as much as possible and to only put non-recyclable waste in their black bags over the festive season to stay on Santa's nice list.

Recycling and waste collections dates across Swansea will change to take account of the festive season, but the council is ready to collect heaps of recycling throughout Christmas and New Year.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said the fact that some types of wrapping paper and Christmas cards can now join cardboard, paper, cans and glass in recycling bags will help keep black bag waste to a minimum.

He said: "Wrapping paper comes in many different types of material - some of which contains plastic or is covered in glitter. This is the reason why we have not accepted wrapping paper in recycling in some previous years.

"But if the wrapping paper tears easily and stays scrunched in a ball then it is fine to put placing in your green bag. If it has glitter on it or springs back when scrunched up then it's is not be suitable for recycling and will need to go in black bag waste."

Before putting it in your green bags, remember to remove any non-paper decorations, ribbons and bows as these cannot be recycled.

Residents can also recycle their Christmas tree by chopping it up and placing in the garden waste sacks after the festive period or take larger trees to their local recycling centres.

As well as changes to kerbside collections, the council's busy recycling centres will also have changed opening dates and times, so visitors  are reminded to check the details before loading up their cars.

A full list of Christmas collection dates can be found at

Full guidance on Christmas waste and recycling in Swansea including collection day changes can be found at