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Christmas wrapping is trash

Christmas wrapping is trash

Thursday 26 December 2019

Christmas wrapping is trash

As clear-up begins this Boxing Day, islanders are being warned not to recycle one item in particular.

Jersey's Recycling Manager, Emma Calladine, is urging everyone to put their Christmas wrapping out with the trash because of the generally low quality and impurities within it.

According to Emma, the problem lies with the firm in the UK that deals with the paper.

She explained: “In order for our waste paper to be recycled, each shipment needs to be high-quality and free from contamination. Because of the volume of low-quality Christmas paper we’re likely to receive over the festive period, we can’t recycle Christmas paper this year.”

“Eco-friendly wrapping materials are available. Brown paper or newspaper can be recycled along with other household materials, while cloth wrapping can be re-used once the present is opened.”


Pictured: The recycling centre will be closed for three days of the festive period. (States of Jersey)

Any Christmas wrapping paper that cannot be recycled should be disposed of with household waste.

Jersey sends its waste paper to a UK-based paper recycling company for recycling. However, the supplier is not accepting Christmas wrapping paper again this year because it tends to be very low-quality, often contains glitter, and may have a high metallic content. Christmas paper also tends to contain non-recyclable materials, like leftover sticky tape.

The Household Recycling Centre will be open as usual over the festive period, with
the following exceptions:

  • Tuesday 24 December: early closure at 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: Closed
  • Thursday 26 December: Closed
  • Wednesday 1 January: Closed

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