AT THIS festive time residents are being urged to think about recycling more to make it a green Christmas.
Scarborough Council has announced revised collection times with bin collection rounds affected by three bank holidays over the next fortnight.
The council’s recycling team is encouraging people to remember to recycle over the holiday period – according to council figures recycling is now a way of life for three-quarters of us but we throw away an extra 25 per cent of waste in December.
Donna Gaddass, the council’s recycling and waste education officer, added: “And the great news is the recycling rate for the borough now stands at 41 per cent.”
She said that collections would continue over Christmas and into the New Year making it easier to recycle extra plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays, metal cans, cartons, cardboard packaging and paper.
Based on research by the organisation WRAP an estimated 500 tonnes of Christmas tree lights are thrown away in the UK over the Christmas period. Mrs Gaddass said: “If they are in good working order, you could think about donating them to charity. Even lights that are beyond repair can be recycled.”
The council operates a free doorstep collection service for electrical items.
A total of 13,350 tonnes of glass is thrown out in the UK during the festive season – from champagne and sherry bottles to mincemeat and cranberry sauce jars.
Mrs Gaddass said: “Recycling all of them could save 4,200 tonnes of CO2 equivalent being produced, which is equivalent to taking around 1300 cars off the road for one year.
“So remember to recycle all of your glass bottles and jars in your nearest glass bank.”
Extra glass jars and bottles should be given a quick rinse and recycled with other glass – do not worry about removing labels as they will come off during the recycling process.
She also urged people to look out for presents made from recycled material this Christmas for the perfect green gifts this Christmas.
l To find out more contact the council’s Customer First centre on (01723) 232323.