SH recycles this Christmas

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Wed 25 DecFri 27 DecTue 31 DecThu 2 Jan
Thu 26 DecSat 28 DecWed 1 JanFri 3 Jan
Fri 27 DecMon 30 DecThu 2 JanSat 4 Jan
Mon 30 DecTue 31 DecFri 3 JanMon 6 Jan
Week beginning 6 January - All collections will run 1 day late
Collections will return to normal in the week beginning 13 January 2020

Don't Forget! 

♲ Christmas Trees up to 6ft can be put out for collection alongside your brown bin.

♲ Use your brown bin or food caddy for peelings and unwanted food.

♲ Unfortunately we cannot take wrapping paper in your blue sack.

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How can I reduce, reuse and recycle this Christmas?

There are lots of things you can do to produce less waste during the festive season. We've collected some hints and tips for the most common items.

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendars

Reduce

❄ Avoid single use calendars

Reuse

❄ Buy a reusable calendar and add homemade sweets and treats

Recycle

✔ Cardboard - Blue sack

✔ Foil - Clear sack (scrunch it into a ball first)

✔ Plastic trays - Take these to your local recycling centre

Cards

Cards

Reduce

❄ Send an e-card instead

Reuse

❄ Old cards can be reused as gift tags - just cut them up

Recycle

✔ Cards with no glitter, stuck on bits or shiny bits - Blue sack

✕ Glittery cards, cards with shiny bits or stuck on decorations - Grey Bin

Aluminium trays

Aluminium Trays & Packaging

Reduce

❄ Avoid single use trays

Reuse

❄ Use a reusable roasting tin

Recycle

✔ Foil trays - Clear sack (please rinse to remove grease)

✔ Foil wrappers - Clear sack (please scrunch into a ball)

✕ Plastic lined foil - Grey bin (If you can't scrunch it into a ball or it doesn't stay scrunched, it's probably plastic lined)

Food packaging

Food Packaging

Reduce

❄ Try options with less packaging

Recycle

✕ Crisp packets, sweet wrappers and film wrappers - Grey bin

Wrapping paper

Wrapping Paper

Reduce

❄ This year, why not gift experiences rather than 'stuff'

Reuse

❄ Reusable gift wrapping is a good option, and there are lots of choices available

Recycle

✔ Brown paper - Blue sack

✕ All other wrapping paper and sticky tape - Grey bin

Leftovers

Leftovers

Reduce

❄ Plan your portions with this handy planner from Love Food Hate Waste

Reuse

❄ Be creative and cook up your leftovers into something new

Recycle

✔ Turkey, chicken or meat carcasses - Brown bin

✔ Uncooked or cooked food waste - Brown bin

✔ Fruit and veg peelings, nut shells and fruit stones - Brown bin

Mince pies

Mince Pies

Reduce

❄ Make mince pies at home

Reuse

❄ Make leftover mince pies into something new - what about mince pie crumble for Boxing Day?

Recycle

✔ Leftover mince pies - Brown bin

✔ Cardboard packaging - Blue sack

✔ Foil cases (please rinse them and scrunch them together into a ball) - Clear sack

✔ Take plastic trays to the local recycling centre

Sweet tubs

Sweet Tubs

Reduce

❄ Make your own sweets and treats at home.

Reuse

❄ Tubs and tins can be reused for storage

Recycle

✔ Foil cases (please rinse them and scrunch them together into a ball) - Clear sack

✔ Take metal and plastic containers to the local recycling centre

✕ Plastic wrappers - Grey bin

Online delivery packaging

Online Delivery Packaging

Reduce

❄ Buy local

Reuse

❄ Use cardboard for crafts, or upcycle it into storage around the house

Recycle

✔ Cardboard - Blue sack

✕ Bubble wrap, plastic packaging and polystyrene - Grey bin

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Can't decide between a real tree or an artificial one? See the pros and cons of each at Recycle Devon.

Recycle

✔ If your real tree is six foot or less, it can go alongside your Brown bin for collection.

✔ If it's more than six foot, please take it to your local recycling centre.

✔ If your artificial tree has reached the end of its life, please take it to your local recycling centre.

Drinks containers

Drinks Containers

Reuse

❄ Glass bottles can make lovely vases, or you could insert fairy lights to make a light feature.

Recycle

✔ Plastic bottles, their lids and metal lids from glass jars and bottles - Clear sack

✔ Juice cartons - Blue sack

✔ Please take glass bottles and jars to a recycling bank.

✕ Corks (natural and plastic) - Grey bin

Decorations

Decorations

Reduce

❄ Make your own at home

Reuse

❄ Look for sustainable alternatives, and avoid buying new decorations every year

Recycle

✔ Crackers with no glitter, foil or stuck on decorations - Blue sack

✔ Please take broken fairy lights to the local recycling centre.

✕ Crackers with glitter, foil or stuck on decorations - Grey bin

✕ Tinsel and damaged baubles - Grey bin

✕ Homemade decorations (treated with paint or preservatives) that have reached the end of their life - Grey bin