Top festive recycling tips and where to get your real Christmas Tree recycled in the New Year
East Devon residents are able to recycle more this Christmas than ever before following the introduction this year of an improved weekly recycling collection for all 68,000 homes across the district.
Households can now collect cardboard, mixed plastics, cartons/Tetra Paks and small electrical items in addition to the extensive number of recyclables that residents can already recycle every week.
And don’t forget your blue food waste caddy which, during the festive season, really comes in to its own as you can collect vegetable and fruit peelings, cooked and uncooked food, meat and fish (including bones), plate scrapings, tea bags, coffee grounds and cat and dog food. If you don’t have decomposable bags to line the bin, use newspaper or even non-glittery Christmas wrapping paper to wrap the food waste instead.
East Devon District Council’s recycling team has some great Christmas and New Year recycling tips to help you reduce your waste.
- We collect cardboard weekly now, from Christmas cards to large boxes. Remember to flatten the boxes and tuck them underneath your green recycling box.
- For really great ideas on using up left over food look at the Love Food, Hate Waste website.
- From mulled wine bottles to cranberry sauce jars, give them a rinse and put them in your green box to recycle.
- Did you know recycling six mince pie foil cases will power your TV for an hour! So remember to put your tins, cans and foil in your green sack.
- Cleaning up after Christmas dinner? Don’t forget you can now recycle plastic cleaning fluid bottles and containers as well as plastic bottles, tubs and trays such as plastic fizzy pop bottles, ice cream containers and brandy butter tubs. Just give them a rinse out before putting them in your green sack.
- Christmas wrapping paper can be recycled as long as it’s not glittery or shiny metallic.
- For ideas on reducing waste, check out Recycle Now for some inspiration.
- And your full A-Z list of everything you can recycle in East Devon.
Also don’t forget you can have your real Christmas Tree recycled in the New Year for free and all the pulp is used for mulch and composting in East Devon’s local parks.
Take your Christmas Tree along to one of the following recycling events:
- Harbour Road car park, Seaton on Wednesday January 3, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
- Imperial Road car park, Exmouth on Wednesday January 3, from 8.30am to 2pm.
- West Street car park, Axminster on Wednesday January 3, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
- Lime Kiln, Budleigh Salterton on Thursday January 4, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
- Lace Walk car park, Honiton on Thursday January 4, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
- Land of Canaan car park, Ottery St Mary on Thursday January 4 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
- Victory Hall Broadclyst on Thursday January 4 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
- Manor Road, Sidmouth on Friday January 5 from 8.30am to 12 noon.
For further information on East Devon’s recycling and waste service call us on 01395 571515 or look at our recycling and waste pages of the East Devon website.