Christmas recycling and waste Aylesbury Vale District Council is encouraging residents to be more careful when recycling this Christmas and to be aware that over the festive period all Aylesbury Vale households will be affected by revised bin collection dates. You can check your revised Christmas bin collection dates on our website: www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/christmasrecycling, on the AVDC Bin app, or in the latest issue of the Aylesbury Vale Times. Households tend to produce more waste over the festive period, so it’s even more important to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste produced at this time of year. Over Christmas, Aylesbury Vale residents can put anything from turkey bones to Christmas pudding in their food waste bin. Plastic and glass drinks bottles, cream and brandy butter pots, tins and cans, glass jars and juice tetra-pak cartons can all be recycled in the blue-lidded recycling bin. Gift packaging and wrapping paper, gift tags and Christmas cards – all that are non-glittery and non-metallic – go in their household recycling bins too. All this extra recycling means that recycling bins may fill up quickly. Whilst the council normally do not accept plastic bags in recycling bins, to help residents with the extra recycling at Christmas, they will collect extra recycling providing it is left in clear see through carrier bags on top of recycling bins. Bags must be clear so the collection crews can see at a glance that any bags only contains recyclable products. Alternatively, residents can take excess recycling to the Recycling & Waste centres (tips), based at Aston Clinton, Aylesbury and Buckingham, together with Christmas trees, wreathes and mistletoe. A wide range of other materials including household electrical items, domestic batteries and used cooking oil can also be recycled at these sites. Page 2 of 2 Residents who have subscribed to AVDC’s garden waste service can put natural Christmas trees, wreaths, holly and mistletoe in their brown garden waste bin. Trees should be cut into small pieces before placing in the brown bin and all decorations and metal should be removed first. Garden waste collections will recommence in February 2016.