Important information about your recycling this Christmas!

Important information about your recycling this Christmas!

We know that Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, so we wanted to give you as much information as possible about recycling over the festive period!

Five tips to prevent food waste at Christmas

Only buy what you need

  • Thinking about how many guests you are having and buy accordingly which will save you buying or cooking too much.
  • Plan your meals , check what you already have in the cupboard and make a list and stick to it.
  • Make the most of your freezer, many items like hard cheese and mash potato can be frozen and used at a later date, saving waste and time
  • Encourage self-serving, letting everyone choose for themselves how much they want. Any left-over food can then be frozen and used at a later date when you haven’t got time to cook.
  • Finally, if you’re choosing food as a gift, steer clear of highly perishable items and try to pick food that you know the person likes so it won’t be a waste of money and food.

Wrapping paper and Christmas cards

  • Please take your Christmas wrapping paper to your local HWRC site and deposit in the paper skip.
  • Please take your Christmas cards to your local HWRC site and deposit in the card skip.

Real Christmas Tree Collection

  • From 11th – 22nd January we’ll be collecting real Christmas Trees from the kerbside, all you need to do is cut the tree into manageable pieces (no longer than 1.5 meters and no more than 25kg).
  • The collection will be the same day as your refuse
  • All Christmas trees collected will be composted at a local facility

To help us achieve our 2015/16 target to recycle 58% of our waste, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents to:

In your Blue sack – Please place:-

  • Foil trays, cans and plastic bottles and tubs only (all these must be rinsed)Please place on its own:-
  • In your recycling boxes:-
  • Paper (no tissues or wipes)
  • And in a separate box:-
  • Glass jars and bottles, Tetra Pak, e.g juice cartons, (large cardboard must be broken down so it can fit on our vehicles)
  • In your Blue Waste Container
  • All cooked and uncooked food (please use the compostable food waste caddy liners)Effective immediately bulky waste charges are £15 for up to 3 items.

New for January 2016

  • We’re introducing a weekly textile collection so you’ll be able to recycle clothing – clean and dry, Shoes – paired, bags, belts, curtains/blankets and bed linen/table linen. Not accepted – pillows, duvets, carpets/rugs – look out for an information leaflet coming soon.
  • We’re introducing a weekly WEEE collection so you’ll be able to recycle small electric items – look out for an information leaflet coming soon.Once again we’d like to thank all residents for their continued support and cooperation with recycling – thanks to your efforts more high quality materials are now being recycled in Merthyr Tydfil than ever before.

Wishing all residents a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Contact: Wasteservices.merthyr.gov.uk  or telephone 01685 725318

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