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Make reducing your waste and recycling your New Year’s resolution

Make recycling your new year's resolutionLook out for our new recycling posters to find out what you can recycle, and make recycling your New Year’s resolution.

Christmas sees a huge increase in the amount of waste produced nationally, with the UK using enough wrapping paper to stretch nine times around the equator! Closer to home, in Lambeth we throw out 250 tonnes of Christmas trees every year.

In Lambeth we saved £1.4 million last year through recycling and cutting down on the amount of waste produced in the first place.

The posters are displayed on the sides of our waste and recycling vehicles and on street poster sites to thank you for your efforts last year and to encourage you to keep up the good work in 2012.

Free real Christmas tree recycling service week beginning 9 January

We are offering a free real Christmas tree recycling service from week beginning 9 January 2012.

If you live in a kerbside property, leave your tree next to your refuse bin on your normal collection day and we will pick it up.

If you do not live in a kerbside property, you can still recycle your Christmas tree. We are accepting them at the sites listed below from 9 to 22 January between 9am and 3pm:

  • Clapham Common, Windmill Drive SW4
  • Kennington Park, Bolton Crescent entrance SE5
  • Streatham Common, upper car park SW16.

Christmas trees will also be accepted at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, Vale Street SE27 on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 7.30am to 4.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Lambeth Living estates are also offering a collection service and will chip the collected trees back into mulch. Check with your housing office for more details.

As well as making sure you recycle all you can, it’s important that you don’t put the wrong things in your recycling. Food waste stuck to materials can make them unusable for recycling. Other items, such as clothes and electrical cables, can tangle and damage the sorting machinery.

What you can recycle

So to make the most of your recycling, please only recycle:

  • Paper and card (but not shredded paper)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tins, cans and empty aerosols
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Food and drink cartons.

And remember to give items a rinse if they have food or liquids in them.

For further information visit www.wrwa.gov.ukour recycling pages or call 020 7926 9000.

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