This is the first Christmas that West Norfolk residents will be living under the new recycling regime and they are being urged to do their utmost to make the most of it and waste as little as possible.
Wrapping paper (not foil), large plastic sweet tubs, greetings cards, envelopes, aluminium foils and trays, empty bottles and jars and food and drink cartons can all be put in your recycling bin.
And once the festive fun is over, cardboard boxes that housed presents or that electrical item bought in the January sales can also be broken down and put in the recycling bin.
If you have a garden waste bin, you can chop up your real Christmas tree and dispose of it in there – as long as the lid closes afterwards. An A-Z of all materials that can be recycled is available at www.recyclefornorfolk.org.uk and more information is available on each council’s website.
Norfolk’s main recycling centres will also accept different types of Christmas waste, including electricals, textiles and real Christmas trees. And you can donate good quality unwanted household items to reuse shops. To find your nearest recycling centre and reuse shop, and to check opening hours over the festive period, please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
John Fisher, chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership said: “Thank you to everyone for helping to recycle more since the launch of the Recycling Revolution in October. The great news this Christmas is that at last you can recycle much more from the comfort of your own home – change residents have asked for every Christmas. All we ask in return to help the quality of the material is for residents to make sure that items are rinsed before they are put in the bin, and go in loose, not in bags.”
Some top tips to consider other ways to recycle this Christmas.
1. Turn Christmas cards into gift tags for next year.
2. Put any unwanted presents on online recycling sites (or save them to give to someone else for a birthday or next Christmas).
3. If have any special wrapping paper, you can use it to cover a notebook, ready for next Christmas, and all the lists that come with it.
4. Use leftover food in new recipes. There are plenty of ideas on www.lovefoodhatewaste.com – just search by ingredient or food type.
Christmas leftovers recipe: Time-out turkey wrap
Leftover turkey wrap served with mayonnaise and cheddar cheese Serves: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
300g cooked turkey
4 dollops (60ml) Hellman’s Light Mayonnaise
4 wholemeal tortilla wraps
75g leftover stuffing
80g cheddar cheese
60ml cranberry sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and saute the turkey and leftover stuffing until piping hot. Set aside.
2. Place the tortilla in another frying pan, spread with cranberry sauce, add the
turkey filling. Sprinkle with the cheese and spoon over the mayonnaise.
3. Fold the tortilla in half. Cook over a low heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and the cheese is melted.