Recycling your Festive Waste and Christmas Trees


Changes to Waste & Recycling Collection Services

There are no alternative dates for collections this year as Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1 January and 2 January are on a Saturday and Sunday this year. All collection dates will stay as they are.


West Dunbartonshire residents currently recycle around 47% of their waste. Well done and thank you. During the Christmas festivities don’t forget that cards, packaging, food and most wrapping paper can be recycled, plus Christmas trees once the festivities are over.


All Christmas cards can be recycled, please place them in your blue bin or bag. Alternatively you can use the paper banks at our Household Waste Recycling Centres and mini sites. Some stores also take Christmas cards for recycling for charity.

Christmas cards can also be reused – why not make decorations and labels for Christmas presents from them in time for next year?

Wrapping paper

To check if your wrapping paper is recyclable give it the ‘scrunch test’ – if it stays crumpled it can also go into your paper and cardboard recycling container. Any wrapping paper which ‘springs back’ after being scrunched up is plastic based and cannot be recycled.


Don’t forget that your Christmas food can also be recycled; anything from vegetable peelings to turkey bones can be put into your brown bins for regular collection.

Please remember to use the compostable liners that we provide to recycle your food waste – these are available from Council libraries and public buildings.

There are also many ways to reduce food waste – for example why not use your leftovers to make a new meal?

Visit for food waste-busting tips and lots of recipe ideas. The website also has a ‘perfect portion tool’ which is really useful if you are cooking for lots of people.


From beetroot jars to bottles of sparkling wine to toast Christmas and bring in the New Year, West Dunbartonshire has over 125 glass recycling points throughout the district. Find your nearest glass recycling point.

Christmas Trees

Residents can bring their REAL (not artificial) Christmas trees to any of the two Household Waste Recycling Centres at Dalmoak, Renton and Ferry Road, Old Kilpatrick – or leave them next to their brown bins (not inside them) for a kerbside collection. Please remember to:

  • Remove any decorations before placing your tree out for collection
  • Cut your tree in half if it is bigger than your brown bin
  • Put the brown bin out next to the tree, even if it is empty, so the crews know to stop at your property

Please note: The Christmas tree collection scheme is only for properties which have a kerbside co-mingled food and garden waste collection. Other properties should bring their trees to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres.  This uplift service does not apply to artificial or plastic Christmas trees, please dispose of these at one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

One comment

  1. Of course if you are thinking about taking your tree down to the recycling centre using a van or a trailer then don’t . You will be turned away unless you have booked before 12.00 o’clock the previous day.

    WDC are absolutely spooked at the idea of trailers and or vans turning up unannounced. So don’t do it, save yourself some hassle and a wasted journey and find somewhere else to dispose of your waste.

    Funny how Argyll and Bute in Helensburgh don’t have the same issue.

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