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Christmas recycling and collections
The countdown to Christmas has started, and Scarborough
Borough Council's Recycling team is encouraging everyone
to keep the party going by remembering to recycle over the festive
We are recycling more at home than ever before, as for
three-quarters of us recycling is now a way of life. And the great
news is the recycling rate for the borough now stands at 41%.
Christmas is a time for entertaining and Scarborough Borough
Council is helping residents to recycle extra plastic
bottles, tubs, pots and trays, metal cans, cartons, cardboard
packaging and paper, by keeping collections going during the
13,350 tonnes of glass is thrown out in the UK during the
festive season – from champagne and sherry bottles to mincemeat and
cranberry sauce jars. Recycling all of them could save 4,200 tonnes
of CO2 being produced, which is equivalent to taking around
1,300 cars off the road for one year! So remember to recycle
all of your glass bottles and jars in your nearest glass bank
An estimated 500 tonnes of Christmas tree lights are discarded
in the UK over the Christmas period. If they are in good working
order, you could think about donating them to charity. Even
lights that are beyond repair can be recycled! A
free collection of lights or any
other electrical item(s) can be booked online.
Residents should have had a collection calendar through their
doors letting them know when rubbish collections will be
over the festive period but the revised collection dates can
also be seen below:
|| Revised day
|Monday 26 December
||Wednesday 28 December
|Tuesday 27 December
||Thursday 29 December
|Wednesday 28 December
||Friday 30 December
|Thursday 29 December
||Saturday 31 December
|Friday 30 December
||Tuesday 3 January
|Monday 2 January
||Wednesday 4 January
|Tuesday 3 January
||Thursday 5 January
|Wednesday 4 January
||Friday 6 January
|Thursday 5 January
||Saturday 7 January
|Friday 6 January
||Monday 9 January
|Monday 9 January
||Tuesday 10 January
|Tuesday 10 January
||Wednesday 11 January
|Wednesday 11 January
||Thursday 12 January
|Thursday 12 January
||Friday 13 January
|Friday 13 January
||Saturday 14 January
Recycling top tips in the run up to
- If you have space, keep your recycling bin next to the main bin
not only during the festive season, but all year round, so you can
take out the rubbish and recycle at the same time.
- Get the kids involved in the household recycling routine while
they’re off during the Christmas holidays. It’s a great educational
- When you go to do your big Christmas shop, take any recycling
which you can’t recycle at home with you to your local supermarket
- Look out for presents made from recycled material this
Christmas. A growing range of clothes, furniture and even
electronic goods contain recycled material and will make perfect
‘green’ gifts this Christmas.
- Look out for gifts with packaging that can be reused.
Gift bags can be reused again and again. And presents which come in
tins or plastics containers can be used over and over again for
storage at home.
and over the festive period...
- A whole range of jars - from cranberry sauce to mincemeat and
baby food can all be recycled, just give them a rinse in your
leftover washing up water and recycle them with your other glass.
Don’t worry about removing labels; they will come off in the
- If you’re having visitors to stay this Christmas, let them know
where your recycling bins are and what goes in them.
- Remember there are lots of unexpected Christmas items you can
recycle or even reuse like sweet tins and mincemeat jars.
- The wire ties that often accompany gift packaging are not
generally recyclable, so they could be kept aside and reused as