Christmas rubbish and recycling collections and tips for a greener Christmas from Ryedale District Council

Ryedale District Council is encouraging citizens to reduce their waste and recycle more this Christmas with its Greener Christmas campaign.

Each year over the festive period in the UK 30 per cent more household waste is produced compared to any other time of year and in December and January 13,350 tonnes of glass is binned which could be recycled.

Food waste can also be an issue around Christmas, with over four million dinners thrown away each year.

The Council is asking citizens to reduce the amount of waste they produce over the festive period by reusing and recycling what they can.

There are several items that can be recycled at kerbside in Ryedale which people may not be aware of such as empty biscuit tins, Christmas cards that don’t contain any plastic, foil, glitter or ribbons and wrapping paper which passes the ‘scrunch test’ – if it remains in a ball you can, but if it bounces back you can’t.

Some people’s rubbish and recycling collection dates may change over Christmas and New Year.

For the week commencing 20 December all domestic and commercial collections will operate as usual.

From Monday 27 December rubbish, recycling and commercial collections will either be on the usual day or one day late.

There will be no collections on Monday 27 December due to the bank holiday but they will operate from Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 December.

During the week beginning 3 January 2022 all collections will be one day late running from Tuesday January 4 to Saturday January 8.

Margaret Wallace, Programme Director for People and Resources at Ryedale District Council, said: “We want everyone to have a wonderful time celebrating during this festive season but we’d also ask our citizens to take extra care to recycle and reuse as much as they can to make this year the greenest Christmas yet.

“Our Waste Services team has worked very hard to keep disruption to collections to an absolute minimum and where collection dates have moved, it will only be one day late.”

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