Let’s not make this the Most Wasteful Time of the Year

As the festive season is well underway, we would like to urge you to be mindful of waste and consider the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. And maybe Rudolph ūüôā

As we are all in the Christmas season rush to get everything ready for the big day, it is more important than ever to be mindful of the waste this spree is producing.

There will be cards, wrapping paper, packaging made of plastic or cardboard. Most of this can be recycled. In fact most of the day to day household waste is recyclable.

Calderdale Council runs weekly collections of household waste that can be recycled where you can dispose of glass, plastic, metal and card or paper as well as several other items such as fabrics, small electricals and food waste.

Your local Household Waste Recycling Centre can take bulkier items.
Calderdale Council’s bulky waste recycling is still a little backed up, bear with us.

For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/waste/recycling.

Even the Christmas Tree can be recycled. Overgate run a Treecycling programme that for a small donation of £10 will collect your tree at the end of the season.

This service covers certain Halifax Postcodes so check with Overgate. The page has other recycling options for you to choose from.

For more information on the Overgate Treecycling Campaign please contact the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or email fundraising@overgatehospice.nhs.uk

The office of national statistics has concluded that 3 out of 4 adults in the UK are concerned about climate change and they are more likely to change their habits in order to take action. Recycling is one of the easiest actions that can be taken to reduce our negative impact on the Planet.

Three-quarters of adults in Great Britain worry about climate change – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

So let’s all do our bit and keep green, before and after Christmas!

Great Big Green Week outcomes in Calderdale

This week we have been taking part in a nationwide campaign, the Great Big Green Week, which runs from 18-26 September, to draw attention to climate change, whilst also making a connection with issues in communities around the borough.

As part of the week, on Monday 20 September, our teams demonstrated the vast amount of waste collected by Council workers in a normal weekend in Calderdale – see the images below!¬† All the waste collected was deposited in one area to be photographed and weighed with the costings of disposing calculated ‚Äď demonstrating the cost of littering.

There was 6.1 tonnes of waste collected. The majority was plastic bottles, cans and paper cups that could have been recycled if people had taken their rubbish home.

Not only is this a cost in cash, but a huge cost to the environment – think of all that fuel used to transport the rubbish and to dispose of it safely.


A massive thanks to all involved in this project.


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Easter waste and recycling collection dates change

Please note that your waste and recycling dates are different over the Easter Bank Holidays. Please see the graphic attached.

Collections should be back to normal from Monday April 12th.



To always know your collection dates, visit

Calderdale.gov waste and recycling collection finder

Christmas and New Year Recycling and Waste Collection dates 2020/21

Remember to check your waste and recycling collections over Christmas, as they will be on different days to usual.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on 1 January 2021. Please check opening times and current restrictions on the Council website before you travel. https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/service-updates#hwrcs

Also of interest: Tis the Season to recycle: Calderdale residents are encouraged to recycle during the festive season

Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection dates

Due to the holidays, your usual waste and recycling collection dates may be affected.
Remember to check your waste and recycling collections over Christmas, as they will be on different days to usual.

Please find below the holiday colletion dates for Calderdale.

Usual collection day:                                               Collection will be on:

Friday 25th December                                            Monday 28th December

Monday 28th December                                       Tuesday 29th December

Tuesday 29th December                                       Wednesday 30th December

Wednesday 30th December                                Thursday 31st December

Thursday 31st December                                      Saturday 2nd January

Friday 1st January                                                    Monday 4th January

Monday 4th January                                               Tuesday 5th January

Tuesday 5th January                                               Wednesday 6th January

Wednesday 6th January                                        Thursday 7th January

Thursday 7th January                                             Friday 8th January

Friday 8th January                                                    Saturday 9th January


Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on the 25 and 26 December and on 1 January 2021. Please check opening times and current restrictions on the Council website before you travel. https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/service-updates#hwrcs

Also of interest: Tis the Season to recycle: Calderdale residents are encouraged to recycle during the festive season

Tis the season to recycle

The run up to Christmas and New Year, up to several weeks afterwards, will see an increase in waste produced by individual households.

Over the Christmas period there tends to be an increase in waste. Plastic and otherwise packaging, wrapping paper, food, food wrappings, tinsel, old items, electrical waste, you name it. Out with the old in with the new by all means, but your new gadget doesn’t need to burden the Earth.

It is always a good idea to reuse and recycle as much as possible. This year in particular, as the coronavirus pandemic sees more of us spending longer at home, there is additional strain put on waste collection services. Fly tipping is on the rise and our communities bear the brunt.

It is therefore more crucial than ever to minimise our waste and recycle as much as we can. The council offers a weekly recycling service and there are several alternatives to filling up a black bin bag.

Many have done a home clearing spree and more will likely do it over Christmas and New Year, to make space for new things.

We are asking everyone to help by Reusing where possible, Recycling and as a last resort, disposing of unwanted items and waste responsibly.

What you can do

  • Packaging

Most packaging can now be recycled. Ideally opt for items with minimal packaging but if your mind is set on one thing, by all means get it but try to recycle the excess package. Look for the recycling symbol on the packaging if in doubt. Responsible companies should at the very least feature that.

Wrapping paper can be recycled in your weekly collection. If it’s not too badly damaged, it can even be reused to wrap another, perhaps smaller present, or it can be excellent crafting material.

Did you know that cardboard boxes can be recycled as well? Break up and flatten cardboard boxes so they can be collected.

If you have a large amount of cardboard boxes, it helps our crews if you can take it to the cardboard skips at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

  • Food

Too much food left behind over Christmas? Do you still have boxes of chocolates, biscuits or anything other food related that you don’t want or rather wouldn’t eat?

Supermarkets often collect packaged food to donate. Why not take it there?

Glass bottles, jars, tin cans, juice cartons can all be recycled. Even some of the plastic trays food comes in can be recycled.

Calderdale council offers a food waste collection service with the weekly recycling. Or if you are a deft garden hand, why not start your own compost heap?

  • Electricals

Electrical items and batteries need to be recycled too. Any shop that sells batteries should have an old battery collection bin. Some supermarkets may also take old fluorescent lightbulbs (not filament).

Old electrical appliances can be taken to the HWRCs. Some places like Currys PC World or mobile phone centres can take smaller appliances for recycling. Check with the store before turning up. Small electrical items, such as hairdryers or toasters can be put in your weekly recycling collection.

  • Bulky items

Bulky items like furniture, old appliances or even unwanted Christmas trees can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

The Council offers a home bulky item collection service for a fee of £25 per collection, however this is restricted at the moment.

Visit here for more information including a list of alternative ways of disposing of your items:


  • Can you donate or swap your old items?

One man’s trash is another’s treasure. You may be holding on to something that you don’t want because you know it deserves better than wasting.

Several charities will take items from old, good quality clothes, shoes, linen, even furniture, baby items, tools, household equipment, electricals…

Especially during the pandemic, many hostels and shelters are finding it harder to restock. Some of your old items may be invaluable to them.

Charities like Freegle (www.ilovefreegle.org) will put you in touch with others who may find use for your old items. Check out the Calderdale group there!

You could, restrictions permitting, organise a swish/swop with friends or relatives.


There are several great ideas to reuse, recycle, upcycle and in general minimise the waste we produce. If you have any good ideas you’d like to share, feel free to comment down below. We’d love to have your thoughts!

Also of interest: Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection dates

Spring Bank Holiday Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

Please remember your Waste and Recycling Collections will be a day later through bank holiday weeks.

Usual collection day:                                          Collection will be on:

Monday 27 May                                                     Tuesday 28 May
Tuesday 28 May                                                     Wednesday 29 May
Wednesday 29 May                                             Thursday 30 May
Thursday 30 May                                                   Friday 31 May
Friday 31 May                                                          Saturday 1 June

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 3 June. 

We prefer flat plastic!
Please remember also to squash your cans and plastics before placing them in the white bag; they will take up less room so you can fit more in the sack and it will help the items to stay more securely inside the sack on a windy day.