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Let’s make this Christmas a green one

Date: 07/11/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

Here are some top tips to help you on your way to a greener Christmas: • recycle as much as possible. Greetings cards and wrapping paper can be put in your blue box or sack. Try to remove as much sellotape as possible because it’s not recyclable yet; • Christmas trees can be cut up and recycled by putting them in a brown bin. They will not be collected if they are loose, or if the branches are greater than three inches in diameter; • it’s party time at Christmas - there are opportunities to recycle paperbased milk, juice and liquid food cartons at selected recycling points; • take the stress out of driving to the shops in the Christmas rush, use environmentally-friendly public transport instead; • with a houseful of mouths to feed, try to buy locally produced food to make sure that food hasn’t travelled unnecessarily. Imported food adds substantially to carbon emissions. Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services says: “Medway’s recycling is going from strength to strength and there are many simple and environmentally friendly ways to get rid of the holiday rubbish. Residents can easily recycle all their wine bottles and glass this year too.” Recycling dates The dates for Christmas and New Year rubbish and recycling collection are: If it is normally collected on: Then it will be collected on: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 both collected on Saturday 27 Monday 29 Monday 29 Tuesday 30 Tuesday 30 Wednesday 31 Wednesday 31 Thursday 1st Friday 2nd Friday 2nd Saturday 3rd The Civic Amenity (CA) site opening hours are as follows: Christmas day and Boxing Day – closed. New Years day – closed. Saturday, 27 December - 8am to 4.30pm Sunday 29 October - 9am to 4pm For more tips on how to be environmentally friendly, visit www.medwayourplanet.net To find your nearest recycling site or for more recycling information visit www.medway.gov.uk/recyclenow or phone 01634 333333.