Families and other residents across the East Riding are being issued with a festive challenge – to recycle as much of their Christmas and New Year waste as they can.
This time of year generates more waste than any other time, with hundreds of tonnes of wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and food packages thrown in the bin during the post-Christmas clean up.
So the waste and recycling officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council are urging people to take up their challenge and sort as much of their waste as possible into their blue or brown bins – so it can be recycled into lots of useful things … including next year’s wrapping paper and cards!
To help, the officers are offering this festive advice to let people know which bins they should put their seasonal rubbish into:
- Blue bins – Can be used to recycle plastic sweet tubs, metal biscuit tins, wrapping paper, Christmas cards and envelopes, all cardboard boxes, cardboard advert calendars, all glass and plastic bottles, cans, books, egg boxes, plastic tubs and trays, juice cartons, newspapers, magazines and junk mail.
- Brown bins and kitchen caddies – Can be used to recycle your food waste into compost. This includes your Christmas dinner plate scrapings and any cooked or uncooked food, turkey carcases, meat bones, fruit and vegetable peelings, leftover meat, and egg shells. Use the free kitchen caddy liners to put your food waste into, or wrap it in newspaper or kitchen roll.
In the East Riding, food waste still makes up 30% of all waste people place in green household rubbish bins.
So the officers are encouraging people to make a festive effort to use their brown bin more often, as they are collected every two weeks even during winter.
Cllr Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “East Riding residents have always supported our recycling schemes, so I am sure they will take up this challenge during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“Hopefully they will continue to recycle that little bit more in 2016.”
Christmas bin collection dates
Collection dates for green, blue and brown bins across the East Riding will change over the Christmas period between December 25 and January 17.
Residents will soon be receiving new bin collection calendars through the post from East Riding of Yorkshire Council which will show the revised dates for putting out their bins this Christmas and New Year – and all the collection dates for 2016.
People can also find their own festive collection dates online at the websitebins.eastriding.gov.uk. Just enter your postcode to find your address and your green, blue and brown bin collection dates.
Residents can sign up to the council’s free text reminder service to receive a text to their phone the night before their bin collection. Information on how to sign up is on the calendar or on the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk and search ‘bin collection dates’.
Bin collections will return to normal days from January 18.
The council’s household waste recycling sites and the Reuse Shop at the Humberfield site, near North Ferriby, will be open from 10am to 5pm during the Christmas period, but will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
They will be closed all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
People can now pick up free liners for their kitchen caddies from all household waste recycling sites, as well as from customer service centres, leisure centres, libraries and mobile libraries.