Confused about excess festive waste? #EverybodyThink this New Year

January is a great time to have a clear out and make way for the many new gifts Santa delivered. That's why Barnsley Council and South Yorkshire’s BDR (Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster) Waste Partnership are helping residents to dispose of their unwanted goods responsibly as part of the #EverybodyThink campaign.

Residents are being encouraged to re-gift presents, donate unwanted items to charity, or to drop them off at their local household waste recycling centre (HWRC). Barnsley’s recycling centres accept items for reuse such as bikes, working toys and furniture. Local charity Refurnish then collects the items and restore them for resale or use by local families.

Recycling centres are located in Smithies, Worsbrough, Goldthorpe and Penistone and are open every day. Permits and IDs are required to gain entry to the centres that are for Barnsley residents only.

Artificial trees and other Christmas decorations can be given to charity shops for reuse or resale. Real Christmas trees can be taken as garden waste to any of Barnsley’s HWRCs.

If Santa brought the kids a new bike for Christmas, their old bike could be perfect for someone else. Old bikes can be taken to local HWRCs where they will be passed on to Cycle Penistone CIC to be restored for others to enjoy.

Unwanted items that can’t be rehomed can be picked up by the council’s large item collection service which is priced at just £10 for one item, with discounted rates for multiple items.

For more information on large item collection, visiting the household waste recycling centres or recycling at home, visit

#EverybodyThink and waste less and recycle more this New Year.

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