Stuff your bins right at Christmas
There's so much going on at Christmas that recycling often falls to the bottom of the list of things to do. But recycling around the home is easy, just put the right thing in the right bin.
Using the wrong bins for your recycling costs your council and the taxpayer a lot of money so this Festive season, we are encouraging everyone to think twice about what they buy, which bin they put their recycling in and make sure they use their Household Recycling Centres for anything from old electricals to excess cardboard packaging.
All nine Cambridgeshire HRCs are open every day of the week, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve. Search for your nearest centre and its opening times here.
Your bin collection dates are likely to change during the holiday so please check your district council's website for information on bin collections in your area - http://www.recap.co.uk/recycling/
Follow these 12 top recycling tips and help us make this a great recycling Christmas!
#1 - Buy the right type of Christmas paper. Make sure you buy a paper that can be recycled and try to avoid shiny metallic wrapping. See our short video!
#2 - 'Tis the season to be planning that Christmas meal. Brits throw away more food at Christmas and about 50% more goes into the black sack waste than during a normal week. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for tips to help plan your meal.
#3 - On the look-out for Christmas present ideas? Why not buy a gift voucher or experience. No packaging, less waste, fabulous gift ideas.
Which Christmas packaging items can and can't be recycled?
#4 - Presents mean packaging and a lot of packaging is recyclable. Cardboard and paper packaging is good to go into your recycling bin! If we recycled all the card packaging consumed at Christmas it would save enough energy to light 340 Blackpool Illuminations! Flatten all your cardboard to not fill your blue bin too quickly. If you have excessive amounts of cardboard this can be taken to your local recycling centre.
#5 - An unbelievable 1.5 billion Christmas cards are thrown away by UK households each year. Instead why not send an e-card instead to save paper (and money as you can get some free ones!)
#6 - We're sure some of you have started to plan your Christmas food shopping. With the ample packaging supermarkets provide for their fruit, veg, chocolates and crackers- make sure you're recycling your plastic packaging! Pop all those pots, tubs and trays in your recycling bin.
#7 - Why not get creative and make your Christmas cards this year? Use up paper, card or photos from around the home. Festive fact- making recycled paper uses up to 50% less water and fewer chemicals so is much less polluting so make sure to recycle your Christmas cards and envelopes once you're done with them!
#8 - As well as recycling all your aluminium fizzy drinks cans, you can use your helpful recycling bin for aluminium foil from mince pies, foil food trays and baking foil.
#9 - Think beyond the kitchen: many people only think of recycling in the kitchen, and relegate recyclable items used elsewhere in the house to landfill. Having a New Year's Eve party this year? Consider placing a pop-up recycling bin elsewhere around the house for people to use for their bottles and cans. Remember your green/brown bin is for organic items only, don’t put any kind of plastic in this bin.
#10 - Party Clear-Up? Make sure to recycle all those bottles of bubbly in your blue wheelie bin! Give them a loving quick rinse to remove any residue. See the video for more!
#11 - Make room for your new presents and toys by donating old gifts to charity- extend their life and let someone else enjoy your unwanted toys, clothes or other gifts.
#12 - You know we could make a cardboard motorway stretching from London to Lapland and back 103 times with all the card packaging the UK consumes at Christmas.
Don't forget to recycle your bottles and cans this Christmas
If you're having a New Year clean up make sure to recycle all your cardboard boxes, Christmas cards, food and drink cartons and cardboard sleeves from those yummy biscuit and chocolate boxes.