Call to recycle as much as possible from festive season
Amounts of household waste increase dramatically over the festive season with wrapping paper, empty bottles and packaging and Christmas trees.
Northumberland County Council is providing advice and facilities that will help us to do this more easily, and in ways that protect the environment.
Real Christmas trees can be taken to any Northumberland household waste recovery centre, where they are collected and recycled along with other items of garden waste.
The council has also arranged some additional recycling points where real Christmas trees can be taken.
Tins, paper, cards and plastic bottles can go in a normal recycling bin, and a wide range of items can also be taken to household waste recovery centres. These include extra cardboard packaging, glass bottles and jars, batteries and old and broken electrical items.
Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “It is just as important to recycle and compost over the Christmas and New Year period as it is at other times of the year.
“In fact, over Christmas we generate around 30 per cent more waste than normal and a lot of this can be recycled or composted.”
Bin collection days in Northumberland are one day later than normal this week.
Visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/waste for details about your local household waste recovery centre.