Recycle in 2012 - council urges

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AN estimated three million tonnes of extra waste are created in the UK every Christmas and Derbyshire Dales District Council has issued some top tips on how to reduce, re-use and recycle.

Leader Councillor Lewis Rose said: “Derbyshire Dales people already recycle and compost 41 per cent of all household waste, and with the extension last year of our household recycling service to include the collection of empty food and drinks cans, there are now more ways to do the right thing in the aftermath of Christmas.”

Christmas cards can be recycled in the District Council’s blue bags along with newspapers, cardboard and empty food and drinks cans.

The District Council also collects glass bottles and jars through its blue box, while garden waste and kitchen waste are collected in green bins. Residents are asked to note that cardboard is now collected in the blue bag and NOT the green bin.

Any Christmas trees with roots should be re-planted in the garden if possible, while trees without roots can be put out by Dales residents with their green bin for composting on their “green” collection day up to January 27. Any trees over 5ft should be chopped down to size.

For any residents not on a garden waste collection round, trees should be taken to the nearest household waste recycling centre or any local DIY retailer or garden centre that is running a tree recycling scheme. The District Council is also encouraging local people to take any unwanted gifts or old items to a charity shop or make them available online at www.freecycle.org to find them a new home locally.

Anyone who had a new mobile phone for Christmas can recycle their old handset at any of the District Council’s offices or leisure centres for recycling. Oxfam, Scope, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all offer schemes where mobile phones can be recycled and turned into cash for charity.

There are around 90 recycling sites across the Derbyshire Dales with banks for plastics, cans, glass, drinks cartons, paper, shoes, books and textiles.

For more details go to the Recycling Section of the derbyshiredales.gov.uk website or call the Environment Hotline 01629 761215, fax 01629 761165 or email environmenthotline@derbyshiredales.gov.uk.