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Christmas tree recycling

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

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 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:

Breckland Council
01362 656878

Broadland District Council
01603 430534

Great Yarmouth Borough Council
01493 846846

King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
01553 616200

North Norfolk District Council
01263 516189

Norwich City Council
01603 212212

South Norfolk Council
01603 819999 or 01603 810441

last updated: 07/01/2008 at 16:04
created: 07/01/2008

You are in: Norfolk > Features > General Features > Recyling your Christmas waste

Christmas Waste Facts

  • One billion Christmas cards could end up in bins across the UK this year. One tree is needed to make about 3,000 cards
  • Nearly 3,000 tonnes of aluminium foil is used to wrap Christmas turkeys
  • An estimated 83 square km of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey
  • Around 125,000 tones of plastic packaging will be thrown away over the festive season - that's the equivalent weight of more than 50,000 polar bears
Source: Norfolk County Council

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