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Reducing waste this Christmas

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East Suffolk residents are being encouraged to consider the environment this Christmas by choosing recyclable products wherever possible and reducing their household waste.

An estimated 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging and 83km2 of wrapping paper is thrown away in the UK every Christmas. However, much of this waste could be recycled at home through the blue household recycling bin.

Most wrapping paper is recyclable, with the exception of paper with glitter or foil-effect papers. Cardboard packaging and cards without glitter are also recyclable through the blue wheeled bin, as well as hard plastic, aluminium foil, newspaper, magazines, cans and plastic bottles.

Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for the Environment said:

“Christmas is a wonderful time for relaxing, enjoying ourselves and spending time with friends and family. However, a huge amount of additional waste is created and much of this can be recycled.

We appreciate that what can and cannot be recycled in the blue bin at home can be confusing however paper, card, plastic bottles and cans can all easily be recycled. If residents are unsure whether an item is recyclable, we would urge them to check the Suffolk Recycling website or ask us through social media.

We would also like to encourage people to consider what they are buying this Christmas and choose recyclable materials if possible, as well as being mindful of overbuying food which may ultimately go to waste. There is a wealth of ways we can help reduce the amount of waste produced this Christmas and if each household can make just a few small changes, it would make a huge difference across East Suffolk.”

According to the Suffolk Waste Partnership, 73% of people have leftover food at Christmas. Buying less and freezing leftovers can save money and reduce the amount of food being thrown away. Find more information on reducing food waste.

Check what can be recycled through your kerbside recycling bin or at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre

East Suffolk residents are also encouraged to check their bin collection day ahead of the festive season - during weeks commencing 23 December and 30 December, bins may be collected on a different day to the usual schedule. Customers are advised to check their bin hanger for details of any changes to their collection day or check the collection date online.