Have a green Christmas

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HIGH Peak residents are being urged to have a ‘green’ Christmas by Derbyshire County Council (DCC).

The authority say there are lots of things you can do over the festive period to help reduce the amount you put in the rubbish bin and reducing, reusing and recycling your rubbish is easier than you might think.

Cllr John Allsop, DCC cabinet member for technology and recycling, said: “We all generate a lot more rubbish at Christmas – whether it’s uneaten food going into the bin or getting through more bottles, jars, tins and cardboard packaging.

“Making small changes to how we shop, making sure we plan ahead and being aware of all our recycling options can help reduce the amount we send to landfill.”

Tips for a greener Christmas include: buying waste-free gifts for friends and family such as cinema tickets, club memberships or gift tokens; recycle unwanted items or take them for reuse at a charity shop; send your real Christmas tree for composting after Christmas by cutting it up and placing it in your garden waste bin; unwanted but working electrical items could be reused by your local furniture project; Christmas cards may be included within your cardboard recycling collection and being savvy with your leftover food this Christmas can save you a fortune – and help the environment.

The county council’s household waste recycling centres at Waterswallows, Buxton, will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

To find out more go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recycling.