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Help the Council recycle all your Christmas waste

West Lancashire Borough Council is encouraging people across the borough to recycle as much of their Christmas waste as possible to prevent it going to landfill.

Many of us will be receiving Christmas cards and presents this festive season and. amongst the celebrations the council is asking residents to dispose of packaging, greeting cards and Christmas trees responsibly, in addition to glass, cans and plastic bottles if you have had a tipple.

Remember to dispose of your waste carefully this Christmas by using the correctly coloured bin when putting out your packaging for recycling.

Keep any wrapping paper from Christmas morning and put it out for recycling in your green bin, apart from foil wrapping paper which cannot be recycled. The Council can recycle your Christmas cards, with the exception of battery-operated cards. Just pop them out for collection in your green bin.

The full list of items that can be recycled by the Council is as follows:

  • Items for the blue bin: Glass bottles and jars; cans, tins and aerosols; aluminium foil and trays (must be clean); and plastic bottles
  • Items for the green bin: Paper and shredded paper; envelopes; newspapers and magazines; cardboard; telephone directories and catalogues

For more information please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/refuse.

If you subscribe to the Council’s garden waste collection service then, when it’s time to take the tree down, you can chop it up and place it in your brown bin to be collected by the Waste Team. If you haven’t signed up there is still time to do so at www.westlancs.gov.uk/gardenwaste.

Alternatively you can take your tree to a local household waste recycling centre. For more details visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/refuse and click on the link for household waste recycling centres.

Here are some more handy tips for a greener Christmas:

  • Buy your fruit and vegetables loose so there’s less packaging
  • Put any vegetable peelings from your Christmas dinner in your home composting bin
  • When you’re out shopping for Christmas presents take a reusable bag with you and say no to plastic carrier bags
  • Stick with tradition and put presents in a stocking that can be reused each year
  • For the kids’ new toys and electrical gadgets buy rechargeable batteries – for every 500 charges you’ll save 499 batteries being thrown away

Councillor Kevin Wilkie, portfolio holder for Street Scene, said: “The festive season is a time of year when people dispose of more waste and we are reminding residents to recycle as much waste as possible, in the correct coloured bin to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to help protect the environment.

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