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Gift bags can be recycled in Stamford as both Rutland County Council and South Kesteven District offer reminders which Christmas items can be recycled in their bins

A number of gift bag recycling points have been set up as part of a plastic-free campaign.

Aled Pattinson, coordinator of Plastic-Free Stamford, has set up the collection points at the Rutland and Stamford Mercury offices in Cherryholt Road, All Saints’ Church and Malcolm Sargent Primary School.

Most gifts bags cannot be recycled as they are made from plastic and many of them are decorated in glitter.

Aled Pattinson from Plastic-Free Stamford(24984086)
Aled Pattinson from Plastic-Free Stamford(24984086)

Aled, 31, who works as a media sales consult at the Mercury, said : “I think it would be a real shame if perfectly good gift bags end up in landfill because most of them cannot be recycled.

“The collected gift bags will be re-used next year and people in Stamford will be able to use them for free next December.”

Rutland residents will be able to recycle Christmas cards without glitter, cardboard Christmas crackers and wrapping paper along with cardboard and plastic packaging from toys and gifts, all in their grey recycling bin.

Real Christmas trees can be recycled at the two tips in Rutland and Oakham All Saints' Scouts are also recycling trees.

On Saturday, January 11, the group will collect trees from homes for £7 per tree.

All proceeds will go towards the group and you can order your tree collection here.

In South Kesteven, the district council are reminding residents to remember their three Gs this Christmas when filling up their grey recycling bins: no grease, no grub, no glitter.

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