Have a green Christmas

Published: Wednesday 21st December 11

The council is encouraging residents to have a green Christmas by taking advantage of the borough's doorstep recycling services over the festive period.

Many of the items associated with Christmas can be recycled in Orange recycling sacks.

This includes wrapping paper, along with Christmas cards, drinks cans, glass bottles, jars and juice cartons as well as plastic bottles and other plastic food containers like yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs and rinsed out ready meal trays. 

People should not however put metallic 'foil' style wrapping paper or cellophane wrapping or polystyrene packaging in their orange sacks.

Residents in blocks of flats, who do not have an individual doorstep refuse collection can also place all these recycleable items in the communal orange recycling banks that have been placed on most estates.

The council will also recycle Christmas trees free of charge as part of its regular refuse and recycling collections. All the trees collected will be shredded and turned into compost.

Trees will be collected from the front of households on normal refuse and recycling collection days from Friday, January 6 to Thursday, January 19.

Residents are requested not to leave trees on pavements unless there is nowhere else at the front of their property to leave it. Trees should only be left out on normal collection days and not before.

Residents who live in blocks of flats should leave their trees near to their refuse bin store, making sure they do not block access to the bin store.

Because Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on a Sunday this year - there will be no disruption to refuse and recycling collections over the festive season and there will be no changes to normal collection days.

For more information about refuse, recycling and street cleaning over the Christmas break visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/wasteservices.

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