As residents begin their Christmas shopping, South Hams District Council wants them to be aware of what they can and cannot recycle this year.
From mince pies cases, to advent calendars, crackers and wrapping paper, South Hams are arming their residents with a simple how to list for recycling this year.
With their partners from WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) and Recycle Devon – residents are also being encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle more this festive season.
Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment said: “Every year we see so many things thrown into the grey bin at Christmas, that could have been reused or recycled. But with a little bit of guidance from us, we hope residents will take time and reduce, reuse and recycle more this year.”
On the list of items that South Hams are asking residents to think about are: Advent Calendars; they can be separated into different materials, the card can be placed in the blue sack, and the foil can go in the clear sack and then all you need to put in the grey bin is the plastic tray.
Likewise mince pie boxes can go in your blue sack, the clean foil cases can be scrunched and put in the clear sack and all you need to put in the grey bin is the plastic tray. Plastic pots, tubs and trays can be taken to your nearest recycling centre for recycling. (For more details see the links to the chart and website below).
As last year, South Hams District Council will not be collecting wrapping paper for recycling, or Christmas cards with sparkles, glitter, ribbons or bows. So this year the Council is encouraging residents to get creative and come up with sustainable alternatives to traditional wrapping paper and cards.
Cllr Keith Baldry, added: “Although the reason for this press release is to inform residents about the items they can recycle this year, there is also an important message about reducing waste altogether.
“Each year the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign by WRAP publish great advice on how to make the most of festive food. We will be sharing these with our residents throughout the festive season. Reducing food waste is one of my big ambitions. Did you know a quarter of the waste placed in the grey bins is food that could have been recycled.”
“Likewise our partners Recycle Devon publish tips for reducing, and reusing materials. They also provide information which will help you decide if you should go for a real or a fake tree.”
Residents who have a real Christmas Tree, 6ft or smaller, can put this out for recycling alongside their brown bin from 6 January.
South Hams District Council would like to wish you all very merry recycling Christmas.
For more information about what can be recycled this Christmas at South Hams District Council visit our website.
For more information from Love Food Hate Waste
For more information from Recycle Devon