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How to Recycle This Christmas

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The good thing about recycling at Christmas, is that nothing changes, all the usual items can go in your recycling bin. The hard thing about Christmas is that with all the festivities (or total chaos if you have young children), the priority is to see family, eat, drink, be merry, and give and receive beautifully wrapped presents – which means recycling can fall by the wayside. If you possibly can, please don’t let all that lovely paper, card, foil, glass, bottles, tubs, trays and cartons go to waste. There’s so much of it!

Looking pretty in plastic

Made from 600 recycled plastic bottles, this beautiful tree is shining brightly in Bognor town centre this year. The official switch-on was last night and the tree will be bringing festive cheer to Bognor until early January.

This is the fourth year West Sussex County Council have had it on display -previously it’s had lots of oohs and ahhs from shoppers in Crawley and Horsham.

It’s just a gentle reminder to recycle all your plastic bottles at Christmas – from your bathroom as well as your kitchen – figures show 41% still end up in the bin across West Sussex.

Festive leftovers

Christmas is all about eating and most of us end up feeling stuffed by the end of the day.

But there is a huge amount of food wasted. Not by choice – no-one would deliberately buy food and throw it straight in the bin. But none the less, we overbuy, or overcook, or over-prep, and have extras we don’t know what to do with.

Dispose of batteries safely

It’s crucial not to bin batteries, but at Christmas with new gadgets aplenty, this message is ever more important. All batteries can cause fires, in refuse trucks and at waste plants, but lithium batteries are more prone and these are the ones in phones, laptops, tablets, digital cameras and hand held games. In fact British Airways ban customers from carrying spares in their travel luggage, because of the risk they pose. So if you get a new gadget this month, you can take old ones, and loose batteries, to a Household Waste Recycling Site; or if you only have loose batteries, there are disposal points all over the place – all supermarkets and DIY stores have them.

 

Christmas tree recycling

If you’ve bought a real tree for your home this Christmas, this is what to do with it after the big day.

I live in Arun – you need to take it to a Household Waste Recycling Site or add it to your garden waste bin if you have one.

I live in Adur – put it out next to your rubbish bin in the second week of Jan and the council will collect it and recycle it for you. Or if you want it gone sooner, take it to a Household Waste Recycling Site.

I live in Crawley – you need to take it to a Household Waste Recycling Site.

I live in Horsham – you need to take it to a Household Waste Recycling Site.

I live in Mid Sussex – a few options here, you can put it in your garden waste bin, take it to a Household Waste Recycling Site, or drop it off at one of these car parks.

I live in Worthing – put it out next to your rubbish bin in the second week of Jan and the council will collect it and recycle it for you. Or if you want it gone sooner, take it to a Household Waste Recycling Site.