Householders are being urged to make Christmas a happy time for the planet and charity – by disposing of their Yuletide waste as carefully as possible.
Unwanted items that have been replaced by presents should be brought into your local Household Waste Recycling Centre so they can find a new home, says Bucks County Council.
These may then be sold in the South Bucks Hospice re-use shops at Aston Clinton and High Heavens in Booker.
The council is also encouraging residents to bring their excess cardboard, batteries, glass bottles, textiles and electrical items into their nearest HWRC.
Lesley Clarke, council cabinet member for planning and environment, said: “There is a huge amount of waste thrown out around Christmas and New Year, so we are keen to ensure that we can recycle or re-use as much of it as possible.
“The more refuse we stop from ending up rotting away in landfill sites, the better it will be for our planet. I hope people have a great time this festive season, but also trust they will spare a thought for the environment and dispose of their waste sustainably.”
Unfortunately, wrapping paper is not recyclable at the centres but non-glittery Christmas cards can be.
Christmas trees should be placed into the garden waste bins or taken to the centre because they can be turned into compost for local farmers. However, remove any tinsel and decorations first.
Mrs Clarke added: “We are very proud of the fact that, as a county, we now recycle more waste than we throw away. This year, our recycling rate increased to 54% which is fantastic, but we need to do even better and I hope everyone includes recycling and increased re-use of unwanted items among their New Year’s resolutions.”