It is also a time of year where there is often lots of extra packaging to dispose of.
With household waste costing councils in Hampshire around £100million each year to deal with, Hampshire County Council wants to remind residents about what they can do help minimise waste and increase recycling.
Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy and Transport said: "It's very easy to fall into the 'just in case' mentality and to stockpile food that may end up being thrown away, forgotten and wasted. Christmas can be a busy time for people, but we are trying to remind people of a couple of extra items they can pop in their recycling bin and the fact that left overs can be turned into some delicious new meals."With all the extra packaging at this time of year, remember that if your own recycling bin starts to overflow you can take lots of items to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Please take empty bottles to your local bottle bank. If we all recycled just 10% more plain paper, we could save five million trees a year – every bit counts."
Items such as metal biscuit and sweet tins, cardboard delivery and toy boxes (large boxes need to be broken down), cards and envelopes can all be recycled in your kerbside collection.
However, wrapping paper, which contains foil, and moulded plastic packaging, such as toy packaging, cannot be recycled. For more information on what can and can't be recycled visit the County Council waste and recycling web pages.
Your local Household Waste Recycling Centre is open seven days a week except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
'Real' trees are recyclable and will be composted if you take it to your local HWRC or can be shredded into chippings which are then used locally in parks or woodland areas. Local authorities often arrange drop-off points or special collections of 'real' trees in early January and advertise the dates this will take place with any other changes to collections over the Christmas period.
Please check with your local district, borough or city council to see if they will be collecting Christmas trees as part of their festive bin collections days. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/rubbish-collection-day.