Leave the landfill site off your Christmas list this year

Published Monday, 17 December 2018

At Christmas, it’s the thought that counts, so this year spare a thought for the environment and please try to recycle as much as possible.

Throughout the festive season you’ll be inundated with items that can be recycled or even reused, from cardboard boxes and empty drinks bottles to wrapping paper and greetings cards - but please remember to remove as much tape as you can and leave out the heavily glittered or foiled paper, as these can’t be recycled. Don’t forget everyday items can still be put in your blue bin, including foil trays, toilet roll tubes and any empty aftershave or other glass bottles you need to dispose of.

To help you work out what bin your items should go in, you can consult your recycling guide or visit the Waverley website and try the recycling search tool: www.waverley.gov.uk/recyclingsearchtool or download the Recycle for Surrey app and get answers on your mobile phone or tablet.

Please bear in mind there will be changes to bin collection dates over the festive period. Collections up to and including Monday 24 December 2018 will run as normal, with changes beginning from Tuesday 25 December. Normal collections will resume from Monday 7 January 2019. Full details are available at: www.waverley.gov.uk/xmasbins. If you would like a text reminder, sign up at: www.waverley.gov.uk/bintext.

‘Upcycle’ your food leftovers by making them into new dishes – the Love Food Hate Waste app has some inspirational ideas. If you can’t use your leftovers please recycle them in your green food waste caddy.

Don’t forget, you can also recycle your Christmas trees. Synthetic Christmas trees can be taken to your local tip (visit: www.waverley.gov.uk/crc for locations). Real trees can either be planted in your garden to be used again next year or, if you’re a subscriber to the Garden Waste Collection Service, you can put your real Christmas tree out with your other garden waste on the first collection after Christmas.

From 29 December, you can also take your real Christmas trees to drop-off points in some of Waverley’s parks. They will be turned into compost and used on shrub beds across the borough.

The drop-off points are at:

  • Farnham Park – on the bonfire site GU9 0AU
  • Rowledge Rec – Car Park GU10 4BP
  • Glendale Depot – Bourne Mill GU9 9PS
  • Broadwater Park – Nursery Road Car Park GU7 1QD
  • Holloway Hill Rec – Car Park GU7 1QD
  • Haslemere War Memorial Rec – Car Park GU27 3AR
  • Woolmer Hill Sports Ground – Car Park GU27 1QA
  • Cranleigh Village Way – Car Park GU6 8AF

Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment, Councillor Andrew Bolton said: “We should all be making our New Year’s resolutions early this year by committing to recycle as much as possible at Christmas. Filling up landfill with waste that could easily be recycled is bad for the environment and increases the need for raw materials. Even your food waste can be used to create energy.

“By spending a small amount of time separating our recycling from the other rubbish we can make a huge difference to the environment, and while you’re all together at Christmas,  it’s a great time to get young people into the habit of doing their bit by separating out the recyclables and food waste.

“So please help us to give back to the environment this festive season, and we wish you and all your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.”

For more tips about Christmas recycling visit: www.waverley.gov.uk/xmasrecycling

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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