Don’t let your Christmas excess go to waste

Coun Reg Shore at Sleaford Household Waste Recycling Centre. EMN-151223-130502001
Coun Reg Shore at Sleaford Household Waste Recycling Centre. EMN-151223-130502001

Overindulged at Christmas? If you’re having a clear out after the festivities, you may be surprised to learn how many items can be taken to recycling centres.

Staff at the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Sleaford and Leadenham are on hand to help dispose of your waste.

Coun Reg Shore, Executive Member for Waste and Recycling said: “Once Christmas is over and it’s time to take down the decorations, it’s a good opportunity to dispose of old items that Santa has replaced.

“HWRCs throughout the county are easy to use, and will take TVs, DVDs, computers, books, CDs, electrical items and clothes. Christmas trees - both real and plastic - will be accepted as well as cooking oil and small electrical appliances.

“Excess packaging such as cardboard or paper can also be taken along to HWRCs or disposed of in your appropriate bin for collection.”

“Another way to help make a huge difference and bolster Lincolnshire’s already excellent recycling record is to bring those batteries the kids have already exhausted. Batteries contain various hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium and can be harmful to the environment if they are disposed of in landfill. Recycling recovers materials that can be used to make new products, as well as saving natural resources and reducing the need to mine more.

“Good quality toys can of course be taken to charity shops, to be enjoyed by more children in future.”

The Sleaford HWRC can be found on Pride Parkway, Sleaford Enterprise Park, NG34 8GL. The Leadenham HWRC is located to the east of the village, adjacent to the landfill site on Pottergate, LN5 0QF.

District Councils also offer collection services for household waste, providing kerbside recycling schemes and collecting bulky household items. Check with your local council to see what collections they can provide.

All Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For further information and details of your local Household Waste Recycling Centre, call 01522 782070 or visit