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christmas 2006

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Greener Christmas

Christmas festivities can pile on pounds in your waste bin as well as your belly, but following some Christmas recycling tips can help keep your rubbish slimline.

1. Christmas trees

Christmas trees can be taken to any of Cornwall County council's 12 civic amenity/recycling centres for chipping and mulching into compost-able material.

Christmas tree

Your tree can be recycled as chippings for garden paths and children’s playgrounds. If you have an artificial tree, look after it and use it time and time again.

2. Gifts

Join the Cornwall Scrapstore for a yearly subscription and benefit from an Aladdin's cave of wonderful waste for use in arts and crafts.

Give a gift that sponsors a local charity in the name of the recipient rather than an article which needs to be wrapped and thereby cutting back on packaging.

Give an environmentally friendly present such as wood products made by the Falmouth green Centre such as bat, bird, owl, bug boxes made from recycled wood.

Take unwanted goods that are in good condition to charity shops.

Buy recycled. Buying products that have a recycled content is just as important as actually recycling. Buy gifts that are durable, made from recycled materials and recyclable, that do not rely on disposable parts and that use rechargeable batteries.

3. Shopping bags

Use a re-usable shopping bag or basket and re-use carrier bags.

4. Recycling

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Recycle all used/empty glass bottles and jars, cans, plastic bottles and textiles either through banking or kerbside collection recycling systems.

Buy rechargeable batteries and cut back on the need to buy new each time.

Buy in ever lasting light bulbs.

Donate old clothes and household items to charity shops rather than throw them away.

5. Compost

Compost your green waste at home. Over a third of the average household bin consists of kitchen and garden waste, which can be composted and put on the garden to improve your soil.

6. New Year's Resolutions

Make a new years resolution and join the Mailing Preference Service to cut out "Junk" mail.

Why not make a New Years resolution to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as you can next year?

For further information about recycling and home waste management hints and tips please visit the following web site www.recycleforcornwall.org.uk

last updated: 29/11/06
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