Hounslow residents encouraged to stay green this Christmas

Hounslow Council is reminding residents to keep up their environmental efforts over the festive season after an increase in recycling rates was recorded for the year.

Published: Friday, 22nd December 2017

Image of residents recycling in Hounslow.

Following new measures introduced in July, residents have increased their recycling from 27 per cent in April to 34 per cent in August.

Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council said:

“We want the momentum gained in Hounslow to continue. Christmas and the New Year is a busy time for many, so we’re making it as easy as possible for people to understand how they can recycle efficiently by providing clear guidance on what can and can’t be recycled, and offering a free Christmas tree collection service.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to residents for their recycling efforts this year. They have adapted to the changes introduced, which saw fortnightly waste collections and weekly recycling collections brought in for the first time. The results speak for themselves and we look forward to further improving our recycling rates in 2018.”

Collection days will change temporarily over Christmas and the New Year period. To find out your next rubbish and recycling collection day, visit the collection days page on our website.

The Do’s and Don'ts of Christmas recycling:


  • Put any cards, wrapping paper or other items which are laminated or have foil or glitter on them   into your general waste and NOT into your recycling.
  • Remove sticky tape, ribbons and bows before placing these items into your recycling box.
  • Remove all decorations such as tinsel and lights from your Christmas tree before recycling.
  • Put unwanted shoes and clothes into your recycling – but make sure shoes are in pairs. Single shoes   can’t be recycled.
  • Wash bottles so they are not contaminated and remove lids.
  • Put your textiles in a bag and keep them inside until collection day – wet textiles will not be accepted.


  • Add broken drinking glasses or perfume bottles to your recycling - one small part will mean the whole truckload can’t be recycled.
  • Place crisp packets, bread bags, cling film or plastic bags in with other plastics – these can’t be recycled and belong in your black bin.
  • Include pillows or duvets in with other textiles for recycling.
  • Add hard plastic such as broken toys or coat hangers to your recycling, these cannot be recycled easily and must be picked out by hand at the recycling centre and sent to landfill.
  • Forget that real Christmas trees will be collected for free from properties using the wheelie bin service.
  • Try to access Space Waye on the following dates as the site will be closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day.
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