West Lancashire Borough Council is encouraging people across the borough to have a greener Christmas this year.
Many of us will be receiving Christmas cards and presents this festive season. But amidst the celebrations we should think about how we dispose of packaging, cards and Christmas trees, as well as glass and plastic bottles and cans if we have had a tipple.
Remember to dispose of your waste carefully this Christmas by using the appropriate bins, bags and boxes when putting out excess cardboard and present packaging for recycling.
Keep any wrapping paper from Christmas morning and put it out for recycling in your blue bag, apart from foil wrapping paper which cannot be recycled. The Council can recycle your Christmas cards, with the exception of battery-operated cards. Just pop them out for collection in your blue bag.
The full list of items that can be recycled by the Council is as follows:
• Items for the blue bin/box: Glass bottles and jars; cans, tins and aerosols; aluminium foil and trays (must be clean); and plastic bottles
• Items for the blue bag: Paper and shredded paper; envelopes; newspapers and magazines; cardboard; telephone directories and catalogues
For more information please visit refuse.
If you subscribe to the Council's garden waste collection service then, when it’s time to take the tree down, you can chop it up and place it in your green bin to be picked up by our Collection Team. If you haven't signed up there is still time to do so at gardenwaste.
Alternatively you can take your tree to a local household waste recycling centre. For more details visit refuse and click on the link for household waste recycling centres.
Here are some more handy tips for a greener Christmas:
• Buy your fruit and vegetables loose so there’s less packaging
• Put any vegetable peelings from your Christmas dinner in your compost bin
• When you're out shopping for Christmas presents take a reusable bag with you and say no to plastic carriers
• Stick with tradition and put presents in a stocking that can be reused each year
• For the kids’ new toys and electrical gadgets buy rechargeable batteries – for every 500 charges you’ll save 499 batteries being thrown away
Councillor Kevin Wilkie, portfolio holder for Street Scene, said: "The festive season is a time of great celebration for many people. But by remembering to recycle all that extra packaging and other items that come with this time of year we can all help the environment.
"Please try to make sure all waste is within the appropriate container and that it cannot be blown around to create a litter problem."