Recycling in Southend

Unusual Suspects at Christmas

For those less obvious items that you might have over the festive period please check our handy guide below:

Blue paper and card box

  • Christmas/greetings cards
  • Christmas crackers including paper hats and jokes - please remove snap and place in black sack
  • Paper gift tags
  • Flattened cardboard boxes

Pink recycling sack

  • Disposable plastic cups
  • Disposable plastic cutlerly
  • Rinsed out cooking sauce jars
  • Foil trays from ready meals
  • Empty sweet tins

Black sack

  • Tinsel and old decorations
  • Snap from crackers
  • Tea light foil bases
  • Disposable paper plates
  • Bows and ribbons - please reuse where possible
  • Fruit/nut nets
  • Drinking glasses
  • Pringles tubes
  • Serviettes and kitchen roll
  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Roasting bags
  • Sweet wrappers

Garden Waste

  • Real Christmas trees - please remove all decorations and pots or stands
  • Real Christmas wreaths - please remove all decorations
  • Real Poinsettia plants 


  • Christmas Lights - these can also be presented for collection at the kerbside in a plastic shopping carrier bag
  • Real Christmas trees
  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Plastic Toys - hard plastics container

For further unusual everyday items please see the Unusual Suspects campaign pages.



Page last updated: 24/11/2017