Having a pre-Christmas clear out? Find out what to do with your junk


Make sure you keep stress levels to a minimum with our tips for common pre-Christmas recycling queries:

  • Christmas lights- It's the same battle every year, untangling the Christmas lights from the decorations box and then finding out that some of them aren't working. But do you know what to do with broken Christmas lights?


Please don't chuck them in your general waste.


You can get rid of old and broken Christmas lights at our recycling centres atLamby Way or Bessemer Close. Make a booking before you visit here.

  • Cardboard boxes- If you've taken full advantage of the Black Friday Sales or Cyber Monday and your home is filled with Amazon Prime delivery boxes you can put your cardboard in your green bags. If they're too large to go in the bags, put them alongside your green bags for collection. Please wait until a dry day to do this and remove polystyrene first.


You can also take large amounts of cardboard to the recycling centres. Book your next visit here.


  • Polystyrene- The packaging within your delivery boxes can be taken to your local Recycling Centre if it's very large and you're unable to break it down. Find locations, opening times and book your next visit here.


If you're able to break it into smaller pieces, please place it INSIDE your red striped bags or black bins. Please don't put it outside of your bin or bags on the pavement.


  • Old unwanted Christmas decorations-Usually we would ask you to donate unwanted but reusable decorations, but this year, please hang onto them until the time is safe to donate. However, if your decorations are broken, they will need to be placed in your black bin or red striped bags.


  • Household clearance -If you're getting rid of a load of household junk, why not hire a skip from us?All your waste will be sorted once we collect it and we'll separate out the recycling, with any non-recyclable waste turned into energy at a local facility in Cardiff. With us you can have peace of mind that none of your rubbish is going to landfill. Please visit for more information.


For more information and advice on recycling and waste please see ourhelpful advice over the festive