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Recycle more and waste less this Christmas

Article date - 25 November 2019

With Christmas and New Year approaching fast the festive season has begun, a time when many residents find their household waste is on the rise.
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There’s a good chance many of us haven’t wrapped a single present yet or decorated our homes, so it’s a perfect time to plan for a less wasteful Christmas.

Picture the average home on Christmas day; mounds of wrapping paper, enough cardboard to build a fort, not to mention all the extra glass bottles, cans, aluminium foil and food waste made by the typical New Year’s Eve celebration.

Here’s a few of these recyclable materials that see an increase at this time of year, which sometimes get thrown in the brown landfill bin:

There’s a range of tips to have a less wasteful Christmas online at www.recyclenow.com, from environmentally friendly wrapping, to giving experience package gifts over physical presents and reusing your decorations year after year.

Remember to recycle your real Christmas tree too, when collections at parks and opens spaces across the borough begin in the new year. Trees are recycled and shredded into chippings which are then used locally in parks and woodland areas.

The recycling team is holding a series of informative events at locations across the borough. Drop in if you’d like to speak to them, and find out everything there is to know about recycling in St Helens at:

Bank holidays over the festive season will affect some collection days. All residents will receive stickers in the coming weeks from recycling crews detailing any changes.

Because of the increase in glass and cardboard recycling, black boxes will be collected by separate crews. Please have all of your recycling and waste receptacles ready for 6:30am on the day of your collection.