‘Tis the season to recycle

Lewes District Council has a few hints and tips when it comes to thinking green this Christmas to help reduce waste, recycle more and save money at the same time.

Try thinking green this Christmas by recycling cards, packaging and wrapping paper, reusing left over food and recycling your real Chrismas tree. You will be enjoying the festive season while helping the environment.

If you are buying a real tree for Christmas, don’t forget to recycle it. Real Christmas trees are usually shredded into chippings which are then used locally in parks or woodland areas.  You can bring your trees to one of the following drop-off points by no later than Sunday 22 January:

  • Lewes – Brook Street car park.
  • Newhaven – Bay View car park
  • Peacehaven – Piddinghoe Avenue car park
  • Seaford – Richmond Rd car park and Buckle car park.

The Christmas food shop doesn’t need to be stressful: by making lists, the shopping trip will be a lot easier and you are more likely to buy what you need, saving on money and food waste. Get creative to use up any leftover turkey. www.lovefoodhatewaste.com  has an extensive collection of delicious recipes.  Please remember and take time to place any leftover food waste that you cannot use into your lined food caddy before transferring to your lockable food waste recycling bin.

Almost all wrapping paper is recyclable. The only types of wrapping paper that can’t go in the recycling bin are the shiny metallic and glitter varieties. If in doubt try the “scrunch test” – if you scrunch the paper and it stays in a ball then it can be put into the recycling. Why not cut up last year’s Christmas cards to make inexpensive gift tags for this year’s presents?  Then make sure to save this year’s cards for Christmas 2017.

Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling to save room in the recycling container and make sure to remove ribbons, bows and other adornments before recycling wrapping paper. It is important to make sure all food is removed from card and paper packaging before recycling.

For more information about recycling please visit: www.lewes.gov.uk

Story published on 12 December 2016