Festive recycling – let’s make it a green New Year!

Published Tuesday, 29th December 2015
Household waste recycling centre at Lidget Lane
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Householders are being encouraged to recycle following the Christmas and New Year festivities.

If you have chosen a real Christmas tree this year, you will be able to take it to any of the borough’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) to be recycled into compost.

Paper and card packaging – either from your presents or festive food and drink - can be added to your blue bag, along with your normal paper, card and all those festive TV guides!

If Santa has been particularly generous this year, and you have a large amount of card left over from big packaging, this can be taken to any of our HWRC or Bring Sites (smaller recycling points) or folded to a 60cm x 30cm size and left under your blue bag on collection day.

As usual, bottles and cans go in your blue box and although plastics (such as pop bottles and yoghurt cartons) aren’t collected at kerbside, these can be taken and recycled at any of the HWRCs or one of the four Bring Sites that have plastic recycling banks. 

However even if you have to use your black bin, the material will still be recycled, as the new BDR Waste Treatment Plant in Manvers extracts recyclables such as plastic, metal and glass as part of the treatment process. 

Cllr Kath Sims, Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, said: "We all know the festive season creates lots of additional waste, with all those presents and extra food and drink.

"Using your blue bag and box to recycle some of that waste will help to free up room in the black bins come collection day.

"But if you find you’re in need of a New Year clear out, then our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open every day from December 27 up to January 11, except for New Year’s Day."

You can find details of your nearest HWRC and Bring Sites (including recycling points for plastic) on the Council’s website. 

If you find that at this busy time a Bring Site bank is full, we ask that you do not leave waste on the floor near the banks (as this is classed as fly tipping). The Council does its best to ensure these banks are emptied regularly, but should they be full we ask  that you use an alternative Bring Site or one of our HWRCs.

Householders should now have received their new calendars with details of the waste and recycling collection dates. Information about Christmas and New Year collections can also be found on the Council’s website. Residents are reminded that as of October 31, collections of green bins were suspended for the winter period and will restart in April 2016, but your green waste can be taken to your local HWRC.

After Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the four HWRCs will remain open every day between Sunday 27 December 2015 and Monday 11 January 2016 (except New Year’s Day, 1 January 2016). Outside of the festive period the sites are normally open six days a week:

  • Magilla Common Rd, Anston - closed Tuesday
  • Car Hill, Greasbrough - closed Wednesday
  • Warren Vale, Rawmarsh - closed Thursday
  • Lidget Lane, Bramley - closed Friday

New furniture for Christmas? The Council also offers a bulky items collection service: call Streetpride on 01709 336003.

  • Household furniture and domestic appliances - £21 for up to three items. A further (up to three items) can be collected for another £15. Rothercard discount (50%) applies.
  • DIY Items – £39.93 for up to three items, including items such as bathroom suites and kitchen units. A further (up to three items) can be collected for an additional £25 (maximum of nine items) There is no Rothercard discount for this service.

For further details of all our waste collection services go to the bins section of the Council’s website. You can also report fly tipping on line.

Visit the bins and recycling pages

Report fly tipping