Keep on recycling in this festive season

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WITH Christmas only a short time away, advice about keeping up your commitment to recycle is being issued in a bid to keep you thinking green.

People in the Advertiser and Review region will receive more than 8million Christmas cards and get through enough foil to cover an area of 11.5 square miles.

The Waste Partnership for Bucks is reminding residents that cards, foil and wrapping paper are some of the items that can be recycled rather than being sent to landfill.

Materials such as cardboard packaging, household electricals, batteries and used cooking oil can be recycled at Buckingham’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres, at Yonder Slade. See www.buckscc.gov.uk for the full list of materials accepted. The centre is open from 8am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Real Christmas trees can also be recycled at a Yonder Slade where they will be composted. Rooted trees can be planted in the garden or transferred to a larger pot so the roots have room to grow, and it can be reused next year.

Cherwell District Council is also encouraging people in Bicester to cut back on waste this festive period. Advice issued includes using a little care when removing wrapping paper so it can be used again and using old Christmas cards as gift tags.

According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), households waste an average of £50 on food which they could cut by checking cupboards and fridge and making a shopping list. All food waste can now be put in the brown bin along with garden clippings.

People in the Bicester area who buy a rootless tree this year can put it out with the brown bin for recycling – but make sure it is cut down to a reasonable size. More information on Christmas recycling can be found at www.cherwell.gov.uk including locations of recycling sites.