Warwickshire Waste Partnership urges people to give generously to recycling collections this Christmas

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IN an attempt to cut down on the amount of waste generated over Christmas and New Year, the Warwickshire Waste Partnership is urging residents to give generously to their recycling boxes and bins.

At Christmas time people generate around 30 per cent more waste – most of which can be recycled. The Royal Mail delivers around 150 million cards and packets each day during the pre-Christmas period and it is estimated that if not recycled, up to one billion Christmas cards (17 for every man, woman and child) could end up in bins across the UK.

The public use an estimated 750 million extra bottles and glass containers and 500 million drinks cans at this time of year – and about 20 to 30 per cent more glass and cans are collected each year over the Christmas period.

Anyone who does not currently have a recycling box or bin should contact Rugby Borough Council on 01788 533533.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Warwickshire residents a safe and happy Christmas.

“Recycling is an important activity for us all to take part in all year round, but with more waste generated at Christmas than any other time of the year, it is imperative that we fill up our recycling boxes rather than throwing things away. Please check your local collection dates and make sure you continue to put your boxes out over the festive period.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/waste for more information.