Don’t let your holiday go to waste!

Buckinghamshire households producea thirdmore waste at Christmas than any other time of the year. In the UK we use enough wrapping paper to stretch to the moon and enough card packaging to wrap big ben 260,000 times! These materials, along withlots of the other waste created during the festive season,can be recycled at home across Buckinghamshire.

Remember that collection days change over the Christmas and New Year season so check with your local authority:

Over the festive season Buckinghamshire households also spend an average of £200 more on food and drink, and it can be easy for things to go to waste.Find tipsand creative ways to use up leftovers and unused food atthe Love Food Hate Waste website:

Some food waste cannot be avoided, like turkey bones, orange peel or tea bags, but it can be put in the food caddy for recycling. This food is collected weekly across Buckinghamshire, where it goes on to create electricity and a nutrient rich fertiliser. A great result for your festive food waste!

Many of you will be upgrading lots of household electricals, kitchenware – and your wardrobes! So why not bring old items to your local household recycling centres where the South Bucks Hospiceselects itemsto sell attheir re-use shops at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe. Please note that household recycling centres are open 9am until 4pm over the festive season apart from 25 December, 26 December and 1 January when sites are closed.

Aylesbury Vale District Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste Sir Beville Stanier said: “We can all do our bit to reduce, reuse and recycle over the festivities and by doing so you’ll find that you can save money too!”