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Christmas recycling tips
Stockport residents are amongst the best in the UK at recycling and were amongst the top 10 authorities in the whole of England in 2015/16. Residents across Stockport, Cheshire, have helped the borough to recycle over 59.4% of household waste.
To end this year on a high, the council is supplying residents with some suggestions to make sure recycling can be part of the festive period, when recycling rates usually drop. It may be something those responsible for recycling in other local authorities would wish to share...
* With wrapping paper and gift bags there is the scrunch test. If you scrunch it and it doesn't spring back, then it can be recycled.
* Christmas cards that don't have glitter on are recyclable (glitter causes issues in the recycling process as it can't be removed). If you have cards that are covered in glitter, tear off any glitter sections or non-paper items like badges and batteries before recycling.
* Did you know that the equivalent of 2 million turkeys ended up in the bin across the country last year? For a typical family of four - six people, the recommended turkey size is 2-2.5kg. For some great tips on using up leftover food visit the Love Food, Hate Waste website.
* Once Christmas is over, it's easy to recycle your real Christmas trees by chopping them up if they are small enough to fit into your garden waste bin. Alternatively, you can take them to your local household waste and recycling centre. (Ed: some local councils offer a free collection & recycling service, for those who leave their trees at their property boundary, once finished with, as our image, courtesy of Brighton & Hove Council, shows).
Councillor Sheila Bailey, executive member for Communities & Housing says of the support her local residents have for the recycling initiative: "Stockport residents are some of the best in the country at recycling and, I am sure, will continue to lead by example over the Christmas and New Year period".
15th December 2016