Rutland County Council urges residents: Recycle responsibly this Christmas
Rutland County Council is encouraging residents to cut down on festive waste and recycle responsibly over the Christmas and New Year period.
Christmas is when Rutland generates the most waste. Throughout the year, people living in the county produce around 850 tonnes of waste a month. However, this rises to nearly a thousand tonnes a month in December and January, when food and presents create lots of extra rubbish and recycling.
Rutland County Council has once again launched a festive waste guide on its website, where you can find a range of useful tips, including how to reuse leftovers, what to do with wrapping paper and where to dispose of Christmas trees: www.rutland.gov.uk/festivewaste.
Over the Christmas period, the council is providing residents with special blue bags to cater for excess recyclable waste. Households can also order a free supplementary recycling bin from the Rutland County Council website, which includes details of changes to bin collection services over Christmas.
Portfolio holder for waste and the environment at Rutland County Council Lucy Stephenson (Con) said: “Christmas is our busiest time of year for waste and recycling. Once again, we’ll be working hard to help families reduce excess, recycle more and get into good habits, such as rinsing bottles and pots and putting items loose into the grey bin.”
“Reducing, reusing and recycling waste isn’t just good for the environment, it can help save money. I’d encourage everyone to think about what they’re throwing away and recycling over Christmas and to help us cut down on the volume of festive waste in Rutland.”
Nothing that’s thrown away in Rutland goes straight to landfill. Recycling in grey bins is taken away to be separated and processed by Casepak, a company based in Leicester - Casepak. Waste from black bins is used for energy recovery to heat shops and homes.
For recycling tips and advice over the Christmas and New Year period, follow Rutland County Council on Twitter or Facebook page, where there will be regular updates. You can also find out more by going to www.rutland.gov.uk/festivewaste.