Date: 26/11/2008 Category: Waste and Recycling
As Christmas approaches and the fridge gets fuller, now is the time to start thinking about what to do with all the rubbish, used wrapping paper and Christmas cards once the festive season is over. With Medway’s recycling efforts going from strength to strength, the council is keen to see as many local people doing their bit for recycling when the holiday comes to an end. Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer explained: “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.” Here are some top tips to help make this 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 sticky tape as possible as it is not recyclable; • Christmas trees can be recycled by cutting them up and 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; • recycle paper-based milk, juice and liquid food cartons at selected recycling points; • take the stress out of driving to the shops by using environmentally-friendly public transport instead; • try to buy locally-produced food that won’t have travelled unnecessarily. Imported food adds substantially to carbon emissions. Here are the dates for the Christmas and New Year recycling and rubbish collections: If it is normally collected on: It will be collected on: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December Saturday 27 December Monday 29 Monday 29 Tuesday 30 Tuesday 30 Wednesday 31 Wednesday 31 Thursday 1 Friday 2 Friday 2 Saturday 3 Medway’s civic amenity site opening hours are as follows: Christmas Day and Boxing Day - closed. New Year’s 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 333333.