Top tips to make managing festive waste and recycling easier

Limerick City and County Council is reminding people to ensure that their festive waste is segregated and recycled as much as possible.

While we all wish for a white Christmas, why not go green this year and continue the recycling habit throughout the festive period.

With more food waste, presents and items in general, bins can quickly become full. However by following these top tips, we can all

The council's top tips include:

  • Know your waste providers collection dates for the festive season
  • Flatten all cardboard boxes to create room in your dry recycling bin
  • Leftover festive food should go into the brown bin or food caddy
  • Whether it's mulled wine, a hot toddy or a festive relish, any glass bottles and jars should go into your glass bin or a bring bank site
  • Clean and dry paper, card and cardboard is your blue bin, plastic wrapping is your grey bin
  • Has it got glitter or foil? Then it's not recyclable
  • Tinsel, baubles and fairy lights store well for reuse in 2022
  • Batteries should be brought for recycling to any retail outlet selling batteries or a Limerick Civic Amenity Centre

Limerick City and County Council’s three amenity centres in Mungret, Kilmallock and Newcastle West and the compound in Gortadroma are open for people to dispose of any extra recycling waste that Christmas brings. A full list of Christmas Opening Hours are available on

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler said: "We all know the amount of packaging and food waste that Christmas can bring so it's important that we get rid of it correctly, that is if we haven’t managed to prevent it in the first place! And that means recycling and choosing the correct bin from your dry recyclable collection.”

Sinead Mc Donnell, Environment Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council said: "If you only use your general waste bin, then you'll run out of space quickly over the festive period, so make sure your recycling bins are used to full effect and correctly as contamination ruins all your hard work. It's important that we recognise the impact that waste can have on our environment so please let's work together to recycle as much as possible this Christmas.”

Christmas Opening Hours are available on

For more information on managing waste and recycling over the festive period see

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