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Recycling in Norfolk this Christmas

Published date: December 2018

Recycling in Norfolk this Christmas

Christmas brings extra rubbish so recycling as much of it as possible over the holiday season is crucial. Food packaging, wrapping paper, gift boxes, Christmas cards, cans and bottles are just some of the additional rubbish the festive period creates. Much of it can be recycled, so make sure you do your bit by recycling where possible and keep the rubbish that ends up in landfills to a minimum.

The Scrunch Test – unfortunately not all wrapping paper can be recycled, and a simple scrunch test will let you know what can and can’t be put in the recycling bin. Scrunch the paper in your hands and if it stays in a ball, it can be recycled. If it bounces back open, it must go in the general rubbish bin. Sticky tape should also be removed and no paper with foil or glitter can be recycled.

Christmas cards can be recycled if they contain no glitter, as can their envelopes. Envelopes with bubble wrap padding cannot be recycled.

It is important that items such as plastic food containers, jars, cans, cartons, tins, and bottles are clean before they are put in the recycling bin. There is so much that can be recycled, visit the following website for an in-depth look:

www.norfolkrecycles.com/bins-at-home/my-recycling-bin

In Norfolk, food waste makes up around one third of the contents of our bins and the average family could save a staggering £700 a year, by throwing away less food. In the region PLAN EAT SAVE is an initiative that has been set up to help the people of Norfolk reduce their food waste and ultimately save themselves money.  Christmas is a particularly bad time for food waste, with many people buying too much food and failing to eat it before it spoils. Further information, recipe ideas and tips for reducing food waste can be found on the following website:

www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

In some areas of Norfolk households can have their separated food waste collected each week. It is important to take advantage of this service if it is available in your area and further information about this can be found using the following link:

www.norfolkrecycles.com/bins-at-home/food-waste-collections/

Norfolk County Council recycles clothes and textiles at their main recycling centres. Clothes, shoes and other textiles are sorted, with good quality items being worn again in the UK or abroad and other items recycled into new products such as insulation or sofa padding. You may receive new clothes and shoes this Christmas, don’t throw old items away, take them to charity shops and textile banks so they can be reused. It is important that all items are clean and dry and more information can be found by visiting the following website:

www.norfolkrecycles.com

Electrical items that are beyond repair can be recycled at Norfolk’s recycling centres, it is the safest and most responsible way to dispose of them. Some Norfolk recycling centres have a Reuse Shop that sell PAT tested electrical items. This scheme enables working electrical items to remain in use for longer. So, if you get a new vacuum cleaner, TV or hairdryer for Christmas, recycle your old one, whether it works or not at one of Norfolk’s recycling centres or Re Use shops. More information can be found on the following website:

www.norfolkrecycles.com/reduce-my-rubbish/reusing-things

Composting is a great way of recycling lots of your organic waste into a nutrient rich food for the garden. Items such as vegetable and fruit peelings, grass cuttings, egg shells, old flowers, tea bags and coffee grounds can all be used.

To find out more, go to the following website:

www.norfolkrecycles.com/reduce-my-rubbish/compost/home-compost

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