Top tips to avoid too much waste over the fes­tive sea­son

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Rachel Clark

The Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil team tasked with re­duc­ing waste has been shar­ing their top five tips for hav­ing a waste-free Christ­mas and New Year and re­duc­ing the con­tents of the green­lid­ded gen­eral waste bins over the fes­tive pe­riod.

• Glass bot­tles and jars can be re­cy­cled at a num­ber of points across the re­gion, and will raise some much-needed cash for the Corn­hill Macmil­lan Cen­tre at Perth Royal In­fir­mary through the ‘Give Your Glass for Corn­hill’ scheme.

The more glass bot­tles that are re­cy­cled over the fes­tive pe­riod, the more money will be raised for Corn­hill Macmil­lan and their sup­port for peo­ple with can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

Glass can­not be re­cy­cled in house­hold blue-lid­ded bins for kerb­side re­cy­cling, how­ever it can be taken to rec ycling cen­tres and a num­ber of re­cy­cling points in the com­mu­nity.

• The waste team is urg­ing peo­ple to make sure they know what is in their kitchen cup­boards and their freezer be­fore do­ing an ex­pen­sive food shop.

A spokesper­son said: “The Love Food Hate Waste web­site has use­ful stor­age ideas to make your food last longer, guid­ance about por­tion sizes and ideas for plan­ning party food and turn­ing left­overs into an­other tasty meal.

“Any un­avoid­able left­over food waste such as veg­etable peel­ings and tea bags can be com­posted at home or re­cy­cled in a brown bin with any cooked or raw food waste.”

• Many fam­i­lies will re­ceive un­wanted Christ­mas presents that will ei­ther get thrown away or put to the back of the cupboard never to be used.

H o w e v e r, u n w a n t e d C h r i s t m a s presents and other us­able items that have been re­placed with new ones can be do­nated to a num­ber of char­ity shops across Perth and Kin­ross.

Any­thing from an old sofa, a bike that is now too small, old toys and old work­ing elec­tri­cal gad­gets can be do­nated to char­ity shops and re-homed for some­one else to love.

For a list of nearby char­ity shops, visit www.pkc.gov.uk/wheretodonate

• The waste team also want to re­mind res­i­dents of their tex­tile re­cy­cling banks, which can take old items thrown out or re­placed over the Christ­mas pe­riod from the wardrobe.

Te x t i l e s s u c h a s b e d d i n g , t owel s, clothes, shoes and bras can be re­cy­cled at eight dif­fer­ent re­cy­cling cen­tres in the county, as well as at some re­cy­cling points. For ev­ery tonne of bras do­nated to a tex­tile re­cy­cling bank, Nathan’s Waste­savers will make a do­na­tion to Breast Can­cer Now’s re­search.

• Check the kerb­side col­lec­tion d a t e s o n l i n e a t w w w . p k c . g o v. u k / fes­tivecol­lec­tions.

Waste not

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