Christmas tree recycling
Recyling your Christmas waste
With the festive season done and dusted, step into a greener 2008 and recycle your Christmas waste at one of the county's recycling centres.
Christmas may be over for another year, but with more than seven million trees bought in the UK during Christmas 2007 and more than one billion cards sent, we're being encouraged to recycle as much of our festive rubbish as possible.
Whether you've missed your regular recycling service or just want to recycle as much as possible, a visit to one of Norfolk County Council's recycling centres means you could recycle more rubbish than you might at first expect.
"Over the Christmas period, domestic rubbish bins can get overloaded. We'd like to remind people that most of this Christmas rubbish can easily be recycled," said Ian Monson of Norfolk County Council.
"If you choose a real tree, these can be taken to one of the county council's recycling centres, where it will be made into compost.
"The recycling centres also recycle a wide range of other festive rubbish including food and drink cans, glass bottles and jars, Christmas cards, cardboard, household batteries and even used cooking oil," he added.
Slimming your bin
Top tips for slimming your bin after Christmas include:
Separate rubbish, such as cardboard from on-line purchases and gift catalogues for recycling and make use of local kerbside collection and local recycling centres.
Christmas cards to be recycled
Look out for special banks to recycle Christmas cards at Tesco, WHSmiths, M&S and TK Maxx to support the Woodland Trust (from 2 to 31 January, 2008).
Save any reusable items such as wrapping paper, ribbons and gift bags to use again next year.
Avoid wasting food by following storage instructions and recycling left-overs into new recipes, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for ideas.
For further information on reducing waste and finding your nearest recycling centre, call 0844 800 8004 or the Norfolk County Council recycling centre website.
Local council refuse and recycling information contacts:
Broadland District Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
North Norfolk District Council
Norwich City Council
South Norfolk Council
last updated: 07/01/2008 at 16:04
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