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Countdown to a greener Christmas with our festive recycling tips

15 December 2021

Across the UK, Brits are expected to produce 30%* more waste this festive period than at any other time of the year. That’s an extra three million tonnes!

The picture is the same across Nottinghamshire with Veolia, Nottinghamshire County Council's recycling and waste partner seeing an increase of 30% more materials coming into their facilities.

To help prevent a season of waste, Nottinghamshire County Council and Veolia, have provided some top tips to help Nottinghamshire residents celebrate sustainably this year:

  1. Wise up to packaging - look for gifts without unnecessary, excess and non recyclable packaging; buy loose fruit and veg, buy in bulk rather than individual servings.
  2. Feed your home compost bin - festive treats for your home compost bin include: nut shells, satsuma peel, sprout leaves, parsnip peelings and even your mistletoe once it’s been kissed under!
  3. Love Christmas food, hate waste? – Don’t buy too much, check use-by dates, learn to love recipes for left-overs and don’t forget how useful your freezer is. There are some great Christmas leftover recipes on their website.
  4. Recycle all those batteries – batteries placed in your bin can cause fires. Take your old batteries to one of the County’s twelve Recycling Centres or your local drop off point. Please never place them in your kerbside bins at home.
  5. Broken fairy lights? – if last year’s fairy lights have lost their twinkle while they’ve been sitting in the loft, don’t just throw them in the bin – take them and any other electricals to your local recycling centre so that they can be given a second chance to shine.
  6. Make reusable decorations - Making your own reusable decorations can be a fun activity for all of the family, there’s online workshops to show you how on Veolia Nottinghamshire’s website.
  7. If you have a real Christmas tree, it can be recycled at any of the County’s Recycling Centres… don’t forget to take the baubles off first.
  8. Don’t end up on Santa’s naughty list by putting the wrong items in your bin, some festive faux-pas include: Mince Pie foil cases, tinsel, Christmas crackers, food waste, plastic bags,
    sweet and biscuit tins and fairy lights!
  9. Choose wrapping paper and Christmas cards without foil or glitter – that way your family and friends can easily recycle them.
  10. Be sure to check your local Borough or District Council arrangements for Christmas and New Year kerbside recycling and waste collection dates.

As we count down to the festive season Veolia is sharing more tips on how you can have a “green” Christmas through its festive Notts Recycles advent calendar which can be seen at: www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/notts-recycles-advent-calendar

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