Go Green and Recycle this Christmas

Posted by: Kaye Russell on 28 December 2022 09:55

Residents of South Tyneside are being encouraged to 'go green' and recycle over the festive season.

Christmas cards, cardboard, metal tins, jars and plastic bottles can all be recycled in the main part of your blue bin, whilst newspapers and magazines can go in the inner caddy.

Cllr Ernest Gibson is encouraging people to recycle.
Councillor Ernest Gibson is encouraging residents to recycle.

However plastic bags, black sacks, wrapping paper, polystyrene, bows and ribbons, tinsel, Sellotape and any items containing glitter and glue should be disposed of inside of the grey household bin.

With many planning to visit the Borough's Recycling Village to dispose of their Christmas waste, residents are reminded that they need to book their visit in advance.

Councillor Ernest Gibson, Lead Member for Transport and Neighbourhoods, said: "We want to encourage people to recycle as much as possible in South Tyneside.

"However, it is vital that residents check which items can go in their blue bin before recycling.

"Putting the wrong item in a blue bin can result in an entire load of recycling becoming contaminated and thus not able to be recycled.

"Residents are also reminded that batteries and items containing batteries, including vapes, cannot go in either bin due to the safety risk they pose.

"Batteries must be removed from items and recycled at the Recycling village or at one of the any battery recycling points across the borough."

The Recycling village will be open every day from 9am to 6pm except for Christmas day when it is closed.

To book a slot visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/recyclingvillage or via the Council's Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000.

Residents are also advised that they can recycle their Christmas trees at 14 sites across South Tyneside up to 13 January.

Only real Christmas trees, with all decorations removed, are accepted at these sites. The Council turns the trees into compost and soil improver, some of which goes to local parks and green spaces.

Christmas trees can be taken to:

South Shields

  • Temple Park leisure centre - next to Recycling Site
  • North Marine Park
  • Mowbray Park - off Osborne Avenue
  • Readhead Park
  • West Park
  • Recycling Village at Middlefields 


  • West Park


  • Campbell Park
  • St. Andrews Centre

Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn

  • Disco Park
  • Grange Park
  • Cornthwaite Park
  • Coulthard Park
  • Oakleigh Gardens

For full details of the wide range of materials that can be recycled as well as information about the various ways to dispose of waste in South Tyneside, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling

Last modified: 28 December 2022 10:00