Christmas is a time for giving – but also a time for plenty of extra household waste.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging residents to recycle more this festive season.
There are lots of items that can go in your green recycling bin – which includes cardboard packaging, paper, including brown paper, newspapers and magazines, food tins, drinks cans, aerosols, and plastic bottles.
The Christmas period can mean extra rubbish that cannot be recycled, therefore extra black sacks alongside your grey waste bin will be collected for the first collection after Christmas only.
There will be no limit on how much residents can recycle; any extra clear sacks left alongside the recycling bin will be collected.
However, Christmas wrapping paper, foil, polystyrene, plastic bags, food packaging and Tetra Pak cartons cannot be recycled using your green bin and should be recycled appropriately elsewhere – check the council’s handy online guide at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/recycle or call the council on 01256 844844 for advice.
Make sure all your glass bottles and jars are clean before you leave them in your glass collections box – and please remove lids and don’t include broken glass.
Let the council know if you need a free second glass collection box for extra bottles and jars over Christmas. Alternatively, residents with lots of glass bottles and jars to recycle can buy a 140 litre bins for £25.63 by calling 01256 844844
There are more than 80 recycling banks in the borough, please see locations and materials collected at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/rte.aspx?id=123
The larger household waste recycling centre in Wade Road accepts a wider range of recyclable material, including clothing, small electrical appliances, batteries, glass and green garden waste.
If you’re having a real Christmas tree this year, you can recycle it at one of the 22 drop-off points across the borough from Wednesday 3 January until Sunday 28 January 2018. For more information visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/christmas-tree