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Recycle all you can this festive period

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SWANSEA Council's recycling team is urging people to think about finding better uses for their leftovers than dumping them in the bin.

Christmas trees, leftover food, empty bottles and cans can all be reused or recycled to help the environment and boost city recycling rates.

There's even a home for those unwanted gifts or items that have had to make way for new Christmas presents as they can be donated to the Council's new Corner Shop at Llansamlet Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Trish Flint, Swansea Council's recycling officer, said: "The festive period is a time of year where a lot of waste is produced, but there are many ways in which you can take simple steps to reduce the amount of waste you put in your black bags and in turn, save money.

"When stocking up the cupboards, fridge and freezer this New Year try and think about the amount of food you are buying as a lot of food and drink ends up being thrown away. Wasting all this food costs the average household around £50 a month."

She said: "Swansea Council, like all other local authorities, has to hit a Welsh Government recycling target of 52% by March or face the prospect of significant fines. So we all have to do our bit."

All items in the Corner Shop are sold at £1 each. Money raised from the shop is used to fund educational workshops run by the Recycling Team.

For waste that cannot be avoided use the Council's kerbside recycling collection service.

Items such as wrapping paper and Christmas cards cannot be recycled by our kerbside service, so please do not put them in the green bags. Christmas cards can be put into the cardboard skips at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

For more information about the Corner Shop, kerbside recycling collections, and household waste recycling centre opening times. Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/recycling, call 01792 635600 or email recycling@swansea.gov.uk.

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