Stuff your bins right this holiday season
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 - Buying your Christmas wrapping paper? Did you know not all of it can be recycled so buy traditional wrapping paper? Make sure you buy without glitter, gold or silver. See our short video.
#2 - Going shopping? Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bag with you. It not only is a great way to hide where you have bought your presents from and it also saves on using single use plastics.
#3 - Need Christmas present ideas? Why not buy a gift voucher, experience or promise to do something nice for someone instead. There is no packaging, less waste, fabulous gift ideas.
Which Christmas packaging items can and can't be recycled?
#4 - Planning your Christmas menu? Brits throw away more food at Christmas than any other time through the year so visit lovefoodhatewaste.com for tips to help plan your meal.
#5 - Need Christmas present ideas? Did you know if just one in ten Brits refilled their bottle once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation! Why not buy something for a plastic free lunch.
There are some great ideas and it is not just for Christmas, why not make a New Year's resolution to have a plastic free lunch year.
#6 - Buying something that needs batteries this year? Why not buy rechargeable batteries that can be used again and again. If you have old batteires please don't put them in your bin and make sure you recycle them.
#7 - Lots of online shopping? If we recycled all the card packaging consumed at Christmas it would save enough energy to light 340 Blackpool Illuminations! Flatten all your cardboard before putting in your recycling bin or take it to your local Household Recycling Centre.
#8 - Christmas party time? Did you know recycling 6 mince pie foil cases saves enough energy to watch one episode of East Enders on Christmas day? Don't forget to make sure it clean before putting in your recycling bin.
#9 - Lots of Christmas presents? You can bring your cardboard packaging to your local Household Recycling Centre. Make sure you flatten it, it is free from plastic windows, tape, polystyrene and plastic ties. It will free up space in your recycling bin.
#10 – Christmas party time? 'Down to the last drop don’t forget to empty and rinse your bottles and cans before you put in your recycling bin.
#11 - Need to make room for new gifts? Donate your unwanted items and gifts to your local charity, give to friends, sell online or take to your local Household Recycling Centre.
#12 - Getting new electrical items? Don’t put in your bin make sure you take your old electrical items, big or small, to your local Household Recycling Centre so that they can be recycled.
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.