Christmas and New Year generates more waste than any other time of the year in the East Riding – but most of it can be recycled.
The waste and recycling officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council are issuing some festive advice to help residents during the holiday period.
Christmas trees, cards, wrapping paper, gift boxes … even the bones from a turkey … can all be recycled at home by putting them in the correct bin.
This year the council launched a campaign to encourage residents to recycle more metal packaging – which is more common at this time of year.
Alongside empty cans, tins and aerosols, the following can also be placed in the blue bin; Biscuit and sweet tins, Metal tops from beer and wine bottles, Jar lids, Foil and foil tray, Chocolate and sweet wrappers made from foil.
Last Christmas and New Year more than 9,000 tonnes of waste was collected from East Riding households – and 60% of that was recycled thanks to the brilliant efforts of residents.
Bin collection dates will change over the Christmas and New Year period, and all residents will soon receive their 2019 Bin Collection Calendar through the post.
Sign up for the council’s free text message reminder service for bin collections. Details of how to sign up are on the 2019 Bin Collection Calendars, or you can download a copy of your calendar from bins.eastriding.gov.uk.
Household waste recycling sites (tips) in the East Riding will be open from 10am to 5pm each day, except on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when they will close at 4pm. They will be closed all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Real Christmas trees can be recycled by placing them next to your brown bin for collection in January, or they can be taken to household waste recycling sites.