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Christmas refuse and recycling collections

Published on Tuesday, 18th December 2018

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Refuse and recycling collections across Hambleton will be affected by the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Householders are asked to refer to their bin tag which details changes to refuse and recycling collection dates over the festive season.  Alternatively collection dates can be checked on

“If you need to contain extra recycling over Christmas and New Year then clear recycling sacks are available from the district council offices in Northallerton, Easingwold and Stokesley or you can ask your recycling collection crew for some,” said Paul Staines, Director of Leisure and Environment.

“These sacks are not to be used for glass and must be tied and left next to your recycling bin on your collection day.”

 Householders should follow the following tips to help stay ‘green’ over Christmas:

  • Glitter-free greetings cards can be recycled. 
  • Use the scrunch test on wrapping paper and gift bags – if you scrunch it and it does not spring back – it can be recycled
  • You can recycle all your cardboard packaging; by flattening it you’ll save space in your bin.  Wet cardboard left next to your bin can’t be collected.   
  • Toilet and kitchen rolls tubes often get forgotten but it is easy and worthwhile to recycle them
  • Food trays (not black), cans and foil only need a quick rinse and can also be put in the blue lidded recycling bin.
  • Glass jars and bottles must go in your blue box not your blue lidded bin.


Unfortunately we can’t recycle plastic bags, plastic wrappers, crisp packets, bubble wrap, cling film, polystyrene or unwanted plastic toys.   See our website for further details of what can and can’t be recycled.