To encourage residents to reduce household waste and increase recycling, Wokingham Borough Council is offering the following top tips.
- Purchase paper wrapping paper rather than metallic or plastic-based
- Buy fruit and vegetables loose - not pre-packed
- Write a shopping list and stick to it
- Compost vegetable/fruit peelings – Visit Get Composting website
- Turn vegetable leftovers from Christmas lunch into ‘bubble and squeak’ for Boxing Day breakfast
- Create meals with leftover meat - Visit Love Food Hate Waste website
- Recycle plastic bottles, paper/card, aerosols and food/drink tins
- Break down cardboard boxes to save space and ensure they go in the black recycling box
- Don’t put plastic carrier bags in recycling boxes, even if they contain recycling
- Old, unwanted electrical items can be recycled at household waste and recycling centres (below)
- Chop up your real Christmas tree and take it a household recycling centre. Anyone part of the garden waste scheme can leave it out on their collection day
Both household waste and recycling centres at Smallmead, Reading and Longshot Lane, Bracknell are open during the holiday period apart from Christmas Day, Saturday December 26 and New Year’s Day. Opening times are 8am to 6pm, except Thursday December 24 when they will be open from 8am to 4pm.
Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: "By following just some of these tips I hope that Wokingham Borough residents will be able to recycle as much as possible and reduce household waste where possible, especially over Christmas when we do produce more waste than usual. Don’t forget, any old or unwanted items can either be taken to either of our household waste and recycling centres or to a local charity shop.
"Residents are also reminded that waste and recycling collections dates will vary slightly over the festive period and will be made earlier."
Details about waste and recycling collections during the festive period are included on the back page of the Wokingham Borough News that has been delivered to all residents this week.
The details are also on the collections day page.