Waste chiefs are calling on residents to slim the waist line of their black bins this Christmas.
Festive bins are the heaviest of the year, with an extra 750,000 tonnes of waste in England alone compared to the rest of the year – an increase of around 30 per cent.
Around 4,500 tonnes of waste and recycling is typically collected from homes across South Cambridgeshire during the festive break – equivalent to the weight of around 60 Concorde jets – and the waste team is urging residents to help make it a bumper season for recycling.
Each tonne of waste sent to landfill costs £72 in taxes so by recycling more waste this Christmas residents will help protect the environment as well as the taxpayers’ pound.
To help people slim their black bins and recycle the extra waste created this Christmas, South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) is offering some festive advice:
Wrapping paper – Put wrapping paper in your blue bin, but not in the paper caddy.
Greeting cards – These can go in your blue bin, or you could be super green and cut them up to use as gift tags next year.
Greeting card envelopes – These can go in the paper caddy.
Real Christmas trees – These can be put in your green bin once they have been cut up in to small pieces or taken to local household recycling centres at Milton and Thriplow for composting.
Food waste – Don’t throw food in your black bin – instead create delicious meals, home compost it, or put food waste in your green bin. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for ideas.
Cllr Mick Martin, SCDC cabinet member for environmental services, said: “I would like to thank all our residents for the fantastic and continued effort they put into recycling year on year, placing us among the top performing areas in the country.
“We’re keen to continue to improve our recycling rate and to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill so please keep up your efforts over the festive period.
“Much of our festive waste can be recycled.
“All the extra glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, plastic food containers, food tins and drink cans, cardboard, greeting cards and gift wrap we find gathering up over Christmas can go in the blue bins, greeting cards in the paper caddy and food waste in the green bins.”
For further information on recycling, and full details of Christmas and New Year bin collections, visit www.scambs.gov.uk/bins-by-parish
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