Cut down on Christmas waste, say councils
PEOPLE in North Devon are being encouraged to cut down on waste this Christmas, Over the festive period, it is estimated that about 30 per cent more rubbish will be created than usual. So this year, North Devon Council and Torridge District Council ar
PEOPLE in North Devon are being encouraged to cut down on waste this Christmas,
Over the festive period, it is estimated that about 30 per cent more rubbish will be created than usual.
So this year, North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are joining together to remind everyone how they can do their bit.
North Devon's Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: "We want everyone to have a great Christmas, so it's not about cutting the fun - just the waste. When it comes to Christmas shopping, one thing we would like people to think about is excessive packaging, and whether they can buy the same product in smaller wrapping. And when there is going to be waste, think - can it be recycled?"
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Torridge's Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, Councillor Adam Symons, says: "Both Torridge and North Devon now operate food waste collection services. So as well as items like glass bottles, tin cans and newspapers, your leftover food can also be recycled - even Christmas turkey bones! Just put all food waste into your green wheelie bin and our teams will come and empty them, with the contents being turned into compost."
Because of operational issues, residents are being reminded that cardboard is treated differently by the two councils. Torridge District Council still accepts cardboard in its green wheelie bins, which is processed along with garden waste and food waste at a new composter at Deepmoor, near Torrington.
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However, the composter can only deal with a relatively small amount of cardboard. Therefore, North Devon Council no longer takes cardboard in its green wheelie bins. Instead, residents have been given brown bags to put their cardboard in, which is then recycled and turned into new cardboard.
Other waste-cutting festive tips:
* When shopping for presents, use reusable shopping bags or reuse carrier bags
* Instead of using wrapping paper, put presents in Christmas stockings or sacks
* If you have access to the internet, there is still plenty of time to send electronic Christmas cards, with no need to worry about the last posting dates
* Use old Christmas cards to make new tags for presents this year
* Buy an artificial Christmas tree that can be used year after year, or buy a Christmas tree with roots so that it can be planted in the garden in spring. There are also companies which allow you to rent a potted Christmas tree over the festive period
* Buy rechargeable batteries to go with presents, instead of disposable ones
* Take wrapping paper (as long as it doesn't have glitter or foil on it) to one of the household waste recycling centres, at either Seven Brethren, Maclins in South Molton, Killacleave in Ilfracombe, Anvil Corner in Holsworthy, Deepmoor in Torrington or Caddsdown Business Park in Bideford
* Once Christmas is over, chop your real Christmas tree up and put it into your green wheelie bin - if you don't have a green bin, you can also take it to any of the recycling centres
* In January, take your Christmas cards to any WH Smith or Tesco store, where the Woodland Trust will recycle them and use the proceeds for their conservation work.