Enjoy Christmas and recycle responsibly

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South Kesteven District Council wishes all residents a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and is reminding everyone to recycle responsibly during the festive period.

Cardboard boxes, glass bottles and jars, drink cans, Christmas cards, paper chains, foil, and toy and gift wrapping paper can all be recycled at home in silver bins or clear bags.

Real Christmas trees should be recycled in residents’ green bins or at household waste recycling centres (HWRC) in Grantham or Bourne. If you don’t have a green bin put your tree out when your neighbours put out their green bins and the council will take it away.

Christmas tree lights, household batteries and electronic equipment should also be taken to the HWRC, which are open on December 27,28 and 29 and January 2,3,4, and 5.

For a full list of items you can recycle visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/recyclinglist

The council will also collect unlimited recycling as part of its silver bin and clear bag collections as long as it is visible to SKDC’s waste and recycling team and it is not in a black bin or pink bag.

SKDC’s Executive Manager for Environment Ian Yates said: “We understand that lots of extra side waste is generated at Christmas.

“That’s why we’ll take away an unlimited amount of recyclable items in any clear bags or cardboard boxes, items that are visible to our recycling team that can be recycled - as long as they are not placed in black bags.

“Please flatten and crush cardboard for ease of transport to the recycling facilities we use and to fit more into your kerbside collection.”

Residents who wish to purchase additional clear bags can call 01476 40 60 80 or email customerservices@southkesteven.gov.uk

They are reminded to keep small items of packaging and plastic bags away from children at all times and are asked to separate any plastic windows from card boxes before recycling.

Wire ties should also be kept aside from the rest of packaging. These are not generally recyclable but could be reused elsewhere around the home such as for tying up plants in gardens.

Tinsel, Christmas tree baubles, artificial Christmas trees, wine bottle corks and Christmas wreaths are not recyclable and need to be placed in black bins or pink bags.

For more information on bin collections visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/christmascollections

Residents are reminded there are no silver bin or clear bag collections on Christmas and Boxing Day. Instead collections will take place on normal collections days on Thursday January 8 and Friday January 9. Additional clear bags are being delivered to those affected.

Black bin and pink bag collections on Thursday January 1 and Friday January 2 will be collected a day later than normal on January 2 and 3 respectively.

For tips on how to make the most of Christmas food leftovers visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com