Get wrapped up in fes­tive re­cy­cling

Christ­mas is a great time for fam­i­lies to get to­gether, but it can be a headache for coun­cils when try­ing to han­dle all the ex­tra waste and re­cy­cling. AN­DREW JACK­SON looks at what hap­pens in Bucks

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SAFELY wrapped up un­der many a Christ­mas tree in Bucks are a range of giz­mos, from tele­vi­sions and DVD play­ers, to com­put­ers, elec­tronic de­vices and other house­hold items.

Most of th­ese items will be re­plac­ing older, per­fectly work­ing items. The ques­tion is, what to do with that old tele­vi­sion set?

Add to that the huge amount of ex­tra waste and re­cy­cling be­ing gen­er­ated ev­ery Christ­mas with wrap­ping pa­per, pack­ag­ing and old Christ­mas trees and the chal­lenge faced by coun­cils to keep on top of it all be­comes clear.

Un­wanted items that have been re­placed by presents should be brought into your lo­cal House­hold Waste Re­cy­cling Cen­tre (HWRC) so they can find a new home, urges Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil.

Th­ese may then be sold in the South Bucks Hospice re-use shops at As­ton Clin­ton and High Heavens, in Booker.

If you have any ex­cess waste that will not fit into your re­cy­cling bin, the coun­cil is also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to bring their card­board, bat­ter­ies, glass bot­tles, tex­tiles and elec­tri­cal items into their near­est HWRC.

“There is a huge amount of waste thrown out around Christ­mas and New Year, so we are keen to en­sure that we can re­cy­cle or re-use as much of it as pos­si­ble,” said Les­ley Clarke, coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment.

“The more refuse we stop from end­ing up rot­ting away in land­fill sites, the bet­ter it will be for our planet.

“I hope peo­ple have a great time this fes­tive sea­son, but also trust they will spare a thought for the en­vi­ron­ment and dis­pose of their waste sus­tain­ably.”

Wrap­ping pa­per will need to go into the gen­eral rub­bish bin, as this is not cur­rently re­cy­clable – so house­hold­ers are asked to try to re-use it wher­ever pos­si­ble.

But waste of­fi­cials are keen to stress that other pa­per and Christ­mas cards can be re­cy­cled.

The coun­cil says the av­er­age to­tal Christ­mas

WASTE NOT WANT NOT: Christ­mas trees will need to be turned into com­post after Christ­mas this year, although wrap­ping pa­per can­not yet be re­cy­cled food bill comes to £169 per house­hold and, with the av­er­age fam­ily wast­ing a third of the food they buy, peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­duce the food they waste and save money.

Those who want to save money should plan their meals, only buy what they need and make the most of their freezer, says Mrs Clarke.

Mean­while, it is es­ti­mated that ev­ery Christ­mas tree bought in the UK this year put end to end would be the equiv­a­lent of the dis­tance to New York and back.

The coun­cil is urg­ing Christ­mas rev­ellers to place trees into the gar­den waste bins or take it to the lo­cal HWRC, where it can be turned into com­post for lo­cal farm­ers.

Mrs Clarke added: “We are very proud of the fact that, as a county, we now re­cy­cle more waste than we throw away. This year, our re­cy­cling rate in­creased to 54 per cent, which is fan­tas­tic, but we need to do even bet­ter and I hope ev­ery­one in­cludes re­cy­cling and in­creased re-use of un­wanted items among their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions.”

For more ideas on re­duc­ing your waste or about your lo­cal HWRC, visit www.re­cy­cle­for buck­ing­hamshire.co.uk and www.buckscc.gov.uk/ hwrc.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to make the most of your food, visit http:// eng­land.love­food hate­waste.com/.

Take your un­wanted items to your lo­cal re­cy­cling cen­tre. Th­ese may be sold by South Bucks Hospice to help raise money for the char­ity.

Want to find the ideal af­ford­able present? Why not visit one of the HWRC re-use shops run by South Bucks Hospice at As­ton Clin­ton or High Heavens in Booker.

The 10 House­hold Waste Re­cy­cling Cen­tres in Buck­ing­hamshire can eas­ily take all that ex­cess waste that won’t fit or can’t go into your re­cy­cling bin. So take all your card­board, pa­per, glass bot­tles, tex­tiles and bat­ter­ies to your lo­cal HWRC in one easy trip. Th­ese can be found at www.buckscc.gov.uk/hwrc.

15 mil­lion cups of roast turkey fat are thrown down the drain on Christ­mas day, enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool. Why not col­lect your veg­etable oil and cook­ing fats and bring them into your lo­cal re­cy­cling cen­tre to be re­cy­cled?

Ev­ery year, 226,800 miles of wrap­ping pa­per is wasted, which is enough to stretch around the world nine times – please re-use as much as pos­si­ble, as this can’t be re­cy­cled.

One bil­lion Christ­mas cards are thrown away each year, so make sure yours are re­cy­cled.

The av­er­age fam­ily wastes one third of the food they buy for Christ­mas. Save money this Christ­mas by re­duc­ing the amount you throw away and vis­it­ing http://eng­land. love­food­hate­waste.com/

Plan your meals, only buy what you need and make the most of your freezer.

Put Christ­mas trees into gar­den waste bins or take it to the lo­cal HWRC. Re­move any tinsel and dec­o­ra­tions first!

To see how to re­duce your waste and re­cy­cle more visit www.re­cy­cle­for­buck­ing­hamshire.co.uk

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