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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 20th December 2018

Make a ‘Green’ Start to 2019 by Recycling Festive Waste

This year reduce your Christmas rubbish by going ‘green’ and recycling. Christmas can generate a lot of extra rubbish – from your tree to plain gift wrap – but much of it can be recycled or composted

Here are top recycling tips, provided by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council,

(Please note, services may alter depending on your local borough).

• Once the festive season is over, compost your real Christmas trees by placing them in or next to your green-lidded bin. Residents can also recycle cardboard, plain Christmas cards (no plastic or glitter) and all leftover food such as turkey bones and sprouts in their green-lidded bin.

• Real Christmas trees placed in or next to the green-lidded bin should have all decorations removed and large trees should be cut up. As Christmas trees will be shredded at the composting facility, large trees may cause damage to the shredding equipment. Generally, any tree up to six feet in length and with a trunk up to three inches in diameter can be placed out whole for collection. Any tree longer or thicker than this should be cut up into smaller sections.

• Residents may also take their Christmas trees to be recycled at one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Tovil (Maidstone), North Farm (Tunbridge Wells) and Sundridge (Sevenoaks), which are run by Kent County Council, or at Cuxton, run by Medway Council. Trees will be shredded and composted.

• The amount of junk mail increases significantly over the festive season, with companies taking the opportunity to promote their products and services. You can recycle junk mail using the green box service. As well as newspapers and magazines, the green box can be used to recycle all junk mail as well as plain paper gift wrap, catalogues, directories and other mail. It should also be used for all food and drinks cans and tins, as well as tin foil, foil food trays and empty aerosols.

• Glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays can all be recycled at the recycling banks around the borough. A list of recycling banks can be found on Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s website at www.tmbc.gov.uk/waste. As the recycling sites can get very busy over the festive season, the Council has arranged for extra collections, but residents may wish to keep hold of their glass and plastics until after the New Year rush.

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