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Holiday Recycling Guide

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More rubbish is generated over the Christmas and New Year holiday than
any other time of the year – and residents can recycle most of it in
their blue and brown bins.

Last year more than 9,000 tonnes of waste was collected from households
over the festive period across the East Riding.

And thanks to the efforts of residents, more than half of that was

That meant thousands of rolls of wrapping paper, Christmas cards and
biscuit tins could be recycled … into this year’s wrapping paper,
Christmas cards and biscuit tins!

Now East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s waste and recycling officers are
offering advice to residents to help them recycle even more this year.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for asset
management, housing and environment, said: “Christmas and New Year is a
busy time for everyone, but we know residents will continue to support
us by recycling as much of their rubbish as they can, from cards to
Christmas trees.”


A great deal of the packaging, bottles and tins generated by the
Christmas holiday can be recycled. Here’s a festive guide to what you
can put in your blue bin:

* Plastic sweet tubs and biscuit tins

* Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and envelopes

* All cardboard boxes (remove any polystyrene or plastic
packaging, flatten boxes)

* Cardboard advent calendars

* All empty glass and plastic bottles (squash plastic bottles,
tops can be left on)

* Empty drinks cans and food tins

* Newspapers, magazines and books

* Plastic tubs and trays, empty juice cartons and egg boxes

* Tin foil and stock cube wrappers, as long as they are clean.
Any of the above waste which won’t fit in your blue bin can be put into
bags and left next to your bin on collection day.

They can also be taken to household waste recycling sites. Remember to
separate your waste before visiting the site.


Please do not put batteries, clothes, textiles or polystyrene in your
blue bin.

Batteries can be taken to collection points at many shops or to
household waste recycling sites.

Clothing and textiles should be taken to clothing recycling banks, or
donated to charity shops.

Polystyrene should be placed in your green bin, or taken to a household
waste recycling site.

Crisp packets should be placed in the green bin.


Christmas always means lots of festive food… but it can also mean lots
of waste food.

Family dinners and festive parties can generate a lot of leftovers which
can end up being thrown in the bin.

One way to recycle food is to use your leftovers to create tasty new
dishes, which also saves money too.

Some useful recipes can be found at WWW.LOVEFOODHATEWASTE.COM

Another way is to place all food waste in your brown bins, as it can
then be recycled into compost for the garden.

Last Christmas almost 1,700 tonnes of food and garden waste was
collected in the East Riding for recycling.

Put your food waste into your free kitchen caddy liners, or wrap it in
newspaper or kitchen roll, before putting it in your brown bin.

All food waste can be recycled in your brown bin, including:

* Any cooked or uncooked food including all plate scrapings,

* Turkey, chicken and other bird carcasses and meat bones,

* Fruit and vegetable peelings,

* Cooked and uncooked meat,

* Egg shells.

Free kitchen caddy liners are available from all household waste and
recycling sites, customer service centres, leisure centres and libraries
in the East Riding.


Residents in the East Riding will have received their 2017 bin
collection calendars through the post, which will also show them this
year’s Christmas and New Year collection dates.

People can also find their own festive collection dates using the online
postcode finder or sign up for the free text message reminder service at

Normal collections will resume as per your delivered collection guide.

Household waste recycling sites, and the Reuse Shop at the Humberfield
site near North Ferriby, will be open from 10am-5pm each day as usual,
but will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will be
closed all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information visit the website


Real Christmas trees – with all lights and decorations removed – can be
recycled by placing them next to your brown bin for collection in

Or they can be taken to a household waste recycling site.