Go Green This Christmas

Green Published Wednesday, 20th December 2017

The festive period is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for the district's waste collection teams.

Whether it's cards, wrapping paper, trees or simply leftover food, we all produce a lot more waste with the average family throwing out an extra five bags of waste over Christmas.

This adds an additional 700,000 tonnes to the UK's waste stream.

Cllr Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment at Worcestershire County Council, said: "I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We can all benefit from minimising our waste and take care when recycling.

"Therefore, we would urge residents to recycle as much as they can either through the Household Recycling Centres or their kerbside recycling service. As Christmas Day falls on a Monday, we're aiming to run as close to a normal bin service as usual, with minimal disruption but residents are advised to check with their district council as to any changes.

"However, if we all reduced the amount we generated this would save the County Council money in disposal costs, which in turn gives us an income to spend elsewhere within the county".

All Household Recycling Centres in Worcestershire are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but will otherwise be open as normal between 8am-4pm.

To check the opening times of your local household recycling centre, please visit: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/letswasteless/directory/1/household_recycling_centres/category/2

Worcestershire is committed to having a sustainable environment, thanks to its importance towards people's wellbeing, the economy and for the natural environment.

With no guarantees of a white Christmas this year, residents can certainly make it a green one instead.

For some tips and tricks to try and reduce the extra waste generated over the Christmas period, residents are advised to visit:

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/letswasteless/info/4/recycle/31/top_tips_for_a_greener_christmas

For further information on reducing waste please go to www.letswasteless.com.