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Green Christmas on the cards

Christmas is a time for celebration but also a time when we produce much more waste than at any other time of year.

image depicting Christmas Tree

Cllr John Hague, Cabinet Member for Environment said, "I'd urge residents to think about how they dispose of that waste and recycle as much as possible during this busy period.

"Our kerbside collection for paper, glass and cans is a simple and easy way of ensuring that items are recycled and is a hassle free way for residents to take part."

Last year residents took up the challenge to recycle and materials collected from households over the Christmas and New Year period increased by 43%.

Due to the nature of the paper, Christmas crackers, wrapping paper and tissues cannot be recycled, and should be put in with normal refuse.

Real Christmas trees can be recycled by taking them to one of the local Civic Amenity Sites.

Recycling Officer Trish Flint said, "The trees we receive will be chipped down to make soil enhancer which can be collected for free by residents from the Baling Plant Civic Amenity Site. Any Christmas cards can be recycled at our Civic Amenity sites and participating outlets of WH Smith and Tesco via the Woodland Trust's card recycling scheme."

As well as encouraging people to recycle more the council is also asking residents to think about reducing waste and reusing materials.

One way is buying recycled wrapping paper and use string, ribbon or wool for wrapping gifts, rather than using sticky tape. The string and paper can then be reused.

Sending electronic cards is also an option, Waste Awareness Wales website offers free e-cards that can be sent to friends and family www.wasteawarenesswales.org.uk

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