|From wrapping responsibly to festive meal planning, Somerset is asked to make it a wonderful not wasteful time of the year this Christmas. |
The festive season generates a huge amount of extra waste, much of which can be avoided by reducing, reusing and recycling wherever possible. The Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) website somersetwaste.gov.uk is full of useful tips and advice, including how to recycle festive favourites.
Tubs and tins of sweets and chocolates:
Reuse for storage if possible. Plastic tubs go in the Bright Blue Bag or to any recycling site – put in the skip for plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays. Metal tins go in your Bright Blue Bag or to any recycling site – put in the skip for metal.
Pringles and other crisp tubes:
Taken at 12 Somerset recycling sites (all but Castle Cary, Cheddar, Dulverton and Somerton) in the skips for cartons/Tetra Pak. Same goes for similar “paper containers with metal ends” like those for hot chocolate or custard powder.
Foil from mince pies:
Scrunch them up and add to your Bright Blue Bag.
Cards and crackers:
This year’s cut-up Christmas cards can become next year’s gift tags. If you need to recycle them, use your black recycle box, but remove glitter and ribbons etc first. Cards can also be taken to any recycle site. For cardboard Christmas crackers, remove glitter and ribbons etc, and add to your black recycle box.
These count as small electrical items. You can leave them in an untied bag alongside your recycle boxes and Bright Blue Bag. Or take them to any recycling site.
Recycle them once they are dead, either kerbside in a small, tied – ideally clear – bag, or drop them off at any recycle site.
21st March – Free Climate Workshop at the Princess
Do you want to know how your community can adapt to climate change? There is a Climate Adaption Training Event being held at The Princess Theatre in Burnham tomorrow night from 7.30 pm – 9.30