Make it a green recycling Christmas

Posted on: 19 November 2015

With Christmas now just one month away, people in North Devon are being asked to think twice about the items they buy, in an effort to cut down on excess waste.

Cardboard boxes are likely to top the Christmas list of items put out for recycling. Residents are being reminded to flatten all card to ensure it fits into the brown bags provided.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Rodney Cann, says: “Households can have up to two brown bags as part of their kerbside collections. If a resident has more than this, they can contact us and we’ll arrange for a free cardboard collection at a later date.

“Of course, the best thing would be not to produce extra waste in the first place – easier said than done, of course. However, things like shopping around for items with less packaging, using reusable bags or Christmas stockings instead of wrapping paper, as well as working out Christmas party menus in advance of hitting the shops, will all help cut down on the different types of festive waste we create.”

Another recyclable material set to feature in the big countdown to Christmas Day is plastic. Residents are being reminded that as well as plastic bottles, they can also now put out plastic food trays, tubs and pots.

Cllr Cann says: “This will be the first Christmas where residents can put new plastics into their recycling box, such as yoghurt pots and ice cream tubs. When we just collected plastic bottles, we picked up around 40 tonnes of plastic each month. However, since we introduced other plastics, we’re up to 60 plus tonnes. Therefore, we’d really appreciate it if people could please wash and squash these items, as well as cans, as these items are hand-sorted at the kerbside by our crews, who are going to be facing one of their busiest Christmases ever.”

Plastics that can’t be collected include black plastic products, carrier bags, plant pots, packaging film and cling film.

Other items that are also always welcome, especially during the winter months, are textiles. These can be placed in the reusable green bags on recycling day, and are collected on behalf of Planet Aid UK Ltd. All dry clothes and pairs of shoes can be put in these bags, along with good blankets and bedding sheets. However, the council can’t take duvets, sleeping bags, or any wet or worn out clothes or shoes.

A full list of items that can be recycled at the kerbside can be found on the council website.

Meanwhile, the council will no longer be posting waste collection calendars to all homes in the district. Instead, if residents would like a copy of their calendars, these are now available to download on the council’s website. Not only can residents print off their own waste collection calendar if they want to, but the page gives information about a household’s next waste and recycling collection, as well as any service alerts that may be in place for that area.

Residents who don’t have access to the internet, but would still like a copy of their waste calendar, are being asked to contact Customer Services on 01271 374776.

A summary of collection dates for Christmas and New Year can also be found on Facebook, along with other waste and recycling information and conversations.

For further help or advice about the council’s waste and recycling services, including how to book a free bulky waste collection for cardboard, visit the council’s website or send us an email.

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