It's not even Christmas yet but already plans are in place for getting rid of all that extra rubbish that is generated from a few days off work, presents and empty bottles! In fact North Herts residents’ recycling rate of 50 per cent puts them in the top 25 local authority areas in the whole of England.
I was very impressed to see that when we bought our Christmas Tree this year that there was a sign saying we could take it back to be recycled after Christmas (minus the lights and baubles of course!). When brown bin collections resume, real Christmas trees can be placed out next to the bins for collection or taken to one of the four Garden Centre collection points up to 10 January (Tapps - Baldock, Bickerdikes -Norton,Wyevale, Cambridge Road, Hitchin and Wyevale -Codicote).
Christmas cards can be taken to WHSmith or larger M&S for recycling. Because so many include glitter, they cannot go into the blue recycling boxes and this year North Herts District Council is trialling cardboard collection points across the district between 5 -8 January between 10am and 5pm
Tuesday 5th January
- Recreation Ground off Watton Road, Knebworth
- Wyevale Garden Centre, Codicote
- Woolgrove car park, Hitchin
Wednesday 6th January
- Tapps Garden Centre, Baldock
Thursday 7th January
- Icknield Way Swimming pool, Letchworth
- Town Hall car park, Letchworth
- Leisure centre car park, Letchworth
Friday 8th January
- Great Ashby Way, Great Ashby
- Wyevale Garden Centre, Cambridge Road, Hitchin
- Woodside Car Park, Hitchin
All households should have been leafleted with the new arrangements but if you want to find out more about recycling over christmas and the new year you should contact visit www.north-herts.gov.uk or call 01462 474 000.
I know from our household that we generate a huge amount of waste over the festive period that can be recycled and there really is no excuse not to. We just need to make sure that we've emptied our bottles out of our recycling bin to make way for all the new ones!