Top tips to avoid too much waste over the festive season
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.