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Camden residents encouraged to have a sustainable Christmas

21 December, 2020

Camden Council and Veolia, the council’s recycling and waste partner, are encouraging residents to have a sustainable Christmas, by reducing waste whenever possible and recycling everything that can be recycled.

While this Christmas, and how we are able to celebrate it will be different to previous years, it is still essential that we do our best to prevent unnecessary waste over the festive period to reduce Camden’s environmental impact. When waste is unavoidable, residents must make use of their recycling service, to help preserve precious resources. Here’s how to recycle some of the most common by-products of the festive season in Camden:

  1. Cardboard boxes: Cardboard boxes should always be recycled. Please flatten boxes to save space and avoid overflowing recycling bins, bags or boxes. To do this, open up the box and fold down before putting it out for collection.

  2. Plate scrapings: Try out new recipes to make the most of leftovers, so edible food isn’t wasted. Homes that have a food waste collection service can also recycle festive food waste. Find out more at

  3. Glass bottles and aluminium cans: Glass and aluminium are also highly recyclable and can be remade into new items. Always recycle these in the recycling bins, bags or boxes.

  4. Christmas trees: It’s free and easy to recycle Christmas trees in Camden. Collection sites will be open across the borough during the first two weeks of January. Find our nearest location at or by calling 020 3567 8105. Please do not dump Christmas trees and please make sure to keep 2 metres apart from people you do not live with when dropping off the tree.

  5. Batteries: Batteries cannot be disposed of in household recycling bins. You can recycle batteries by taking them to battery recycling collection points, at Regis Road Reuse and Recycling Centre (Kentish Town, NW5 3EW – a booked slot is required) or at major supermarkets. Visitors to Regis Road Reuse and Recycling Centre should wear a face covering and keep 2 metres from other people when on site. To book a slot and find out more about COVID-19 safety measures, visit

If you live in a house or converted houses, you can also recycle batteries on your normal recycling day by presenting them in a separate bag on top of your wheelie bin. These bags can be ordered on Camden Council’s website, where there is also a list of the batteries that can be collected:

Russell Griffiths, Veolia Camden Contract Manager said:

“Christmas is a time where we all tend to create a bit more waste than usual, so it’s vital that Camden residents reduce, reuse and recycle this festive season. We hope that our tips remind people of the small things they can do to celebrate more sustainably, which makes Christmas all the more special. After a tough year, we’d like to extend our thanks and best (sustainable!) season’s greetings to all of Camden’s residents and businesses.”

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a sustainable Camden said:

“The festive season is traditionally a time when households produce more waste than at other periods of the year, and especially this year with the focus very much on celebrating safely at home.

“By following our seasonal advice, residents can help the whole borough enjoy a more sustainable Christmas, whilst also reducing waste and saving money.”

For more tips on having a sustainable Christmas, visit

For further information on Camden’s recycling and waste services, including any changes to collection days over the festive period, visit



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