Let’s ‘sort it out’ together this Christmas

11/12/2017, PR8715

Let's sort it out

​Wakefield Council is asking residents to think about the environment this Christmas by making recycling a part of their new year’s resolution.

The Council has sent out information to all households in the district explaining the three easy steps that residents can take to help improve recycling and help protect the local environment. These are – using the right household bins, using waste recycling centres and by ‘passing it on’.

One of the best ways residents can manage their waste over the festive period is to sort items into the correct bins. Here are the most common festive items which should go into your brown recycling bin:

  • Wrapping paper – if it can be scrunched up into a ball, it can be recycled
  • Cardboard packaging – with any plastic bits removed
  • Christmas cards – as long as they're not musical or glitter cards
  • Empty glass jars and bottles – remember to rinse these out first
  • Foil and tin trays – these also need to be rinsed before recycling.
Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “Thank you to all our residents for continuing to recycling this year, we’ve achieved almost 50%. But we can always do better, especially over the Christmas period when we produce 30% extra waste. It can be so easy for this to end up in the green household bin.

“Please remember to follow our simple three-step guide and sort your festive items into the correct bin. You can also use our recycling centres or pass on items to charity shops or sell on pre-loved websites. With so many ways to recycle, it’s easier than ever.”

Household waste recycling centres will be open as normal during the festive period, but will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Residents can take their real Christmas trees to their local centre for recycling too.

Bin collections will run as usual over festive period, except for those who have collections which fall on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Bin calendars are being sent out to all residents with their collection dates.

Residents are also being reminded to ‘pass it on’ this Christmas. If new gifts replace old items but they are still in good condition they can be saved from the scrapheap. Items can be donated to local charities, posted on the Freecycle website, or taken to local waste recycling centres where charities will come and collect useable items. More information about passing on unwanted items is available at www.wakefield.gov.uk/passiton  

For more information on what to do with your festive waste visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/christmasrecycling

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