Have a 'green' Christmas and recycle your waste

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Have a 'green' Christmas and recycle your waste

Rother residents are being urged to recycle even more as bins bulge over the festive season.

Wrapping paper and greetings cards without foil or glitter, cardboard packaging and glass bottles can all be recycled via household waste collections.

Garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks from Christmas Day to free up more crews to collect the higher volume of rubbish generated over the festive period.

Meanwhile, if people have excess recycling such as glass, cardboard or paper, they can leave it out for collection next to their green recycling bin in carrier bags - not black bags - or take it to their nearest recycling point.

As usual over the Christmas period there will be some changes to waste collection arrangements with no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. From Monday, January 13 2020 all waste and recycling collections will return to their normal days.

This year, calendars are not being sent out to residents, but people can see their Christmas collection days and download a collection calendar for 2020 by putting in their postcode at www.rother.gov.uk/whenismybinday

Malcolm Johnston, Rother District Council executive director, said: "With wrapping and packaging from Christmas presents, greetings cards and food and drink waste, this is the busiest time of year for our waste collection crews.

"A lot of the items people throw out at Christmas can be recycled, so I'd urge people to play their part in helping the environment by recycling as much as possible.

"Crews will be busier than usual therefore some collections may be later than normal, but people should leave their bins out and we'll get to them as soon as we can."

Wrapping paper which stays scrunched up, isn't made of foil and doesn't have a shiny coated surface or glitter can be recycled, as can cardboard tubes from inside rolls of wrapping paper.

Any sticky tape, ribbons or bows should be removed, while cardboard boxes and other packaging should be broken down, flattened and placed in the green bin or carrier bags. Unflattened boxes will not be collected.

For residents who subscribe to a garden waste collection, real Christmas trees can be cut up and placed in their brown bin, to be collected from when garden waste collections resume on Wednesday, January 8. The bin lid must be down and trees left outside the bin will not be collected.

For bulky items such as unwanted old bikes or large toys, people can arrange for a paid bulky waste collection at www.rother.gov.uk/bulky or take items to their local household waste site, which will also accept Christmas trees.

Details of county council-run household waste sites can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/wastesites and district council-run recycling points are listed at www.rother.gov.uk/RecyclePoint

If bins haven't been collected by the end of the scheduled day over the Christmas holidays, missed collections can be reported before 5pm the following day at www.rother.gov.uk/missedbin

Published on Wednesday, December 18 2019

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