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Recycle your wrapping, love your leftovers and trim your tree

Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking people to think about recycling and rubbish as the festive period approaches. The Council’s Waste Services Team is reminding people that there will be no recycling collections on Monday 26 December. If your collection is due on this day, your next collection will be on Monday 2 January. All other collection days will be unaffected. There will be no garden waste collections for two weeks from Monday 26 December until Friday 6 January. Normal collections will resume on Monday 9 January. Recycling Centres across Bath and North East Somerset will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December and Sunday 1 January). From Monday 9 to Friday 27 January, the Council will collect real Christmas trees for free as part of the fortnightly garden waste collection. The trees can also be taken to Recycling Centres. Trees more than 1.2 metres tall must be cut so that they will fit into the vehicles and pots and decorations should be removed. They should be placed at the edge of your property on your collection day so that the crews can see them easily. Do not leave trees out on the street before your collection day. To find out which week your tree will be collected, please check the Council’s website or garden waste calendar. If the area experiences extreme bad weather this winter, please check the Council’s website and local radio stations for updates on your collections. Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We throw away more rubbish at Christmas than at any other time of the year, but there are lots of things that can be recycled. “Wrapping paper (white backed, non- foil), greetings cards, gift tags and cardboard packaging can all be placed in recycling containers. You can also recycle other festive items like sweet and biscuit tins, aerosols, glass jars, plastic bottles and food containers like cream pots, foil from mince pies, quiches and takeaways. “Textiles and electrical items will also be collected so you can recycle worn out Christmas jumpers and broken fairy lights and toys. Please put these in separate carrier bags next to your recycling box.” Christmas would not be the same without the food. 74 million mince pies are thrown away every Christmas (1) so this really is a time to think about how we can waste less food and drink. The Love Food Hate Waste website ( has plenty of seasonal tips to help reduce food waste and save money this Christmas. Leftover food and things like turkey bones and vegetable peelings can also be recycled. For more information please look out for an envelope from the Council with information on rubbish and recycling for the year ahead. You can also find further information in the next edition of Connect magazine and on the Council’s website ( or by contacting Council Connect
  • Posted: 24th November 2016

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