Recycle your festive rubbish

PUBLISHED: 10:55 28 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 May 2010

Debra Stephenson encourages recycling - Picture: SUBMITTED

Debra Stephenson encourages recycling - Picture: SUBMITTED

GO GREEN this New Year and do your bit for the environment by recycling your festive rubbish as possible. On average, every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks, and with households creating even more waste at th

GO GREEN this New Year and do your bit for the environment by recycling your festive rubbish as possible.

On average, every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks, and with households creating even more waste at this time of year, now is the ideal time to consider recycling more.

An Uttlesford District Council spokesman said: "Christmas trees can be taken to the mobile recycling skips at the Chequers Lane car park in Dunmow and the Lower Street car park in Stansted this Saturday, and to Dunmow and the Margaret Street car park in Thaxted on January 13.

"They can also be taken to the household recycling site in Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden, which is open between 8am and 4pm.

"Why not take those post-party empties at the same time? Bottle banks are available at these car parks in Thaxted and Stansted, as well as at Tesco and White Street car park in Dunmow."

The Woodland Trust and Recycle Now, which is run by the government-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme, have joined forces to get the public to recycle 90 million Christmas cards.

Special bins are in place now until January 31 at selected Tesco, WHSmith and TK Maxx stores.

Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson, who plays Frankie Baldwin, is supporting the scheme.

"I'm a keen recycler myself and will be taking all of my Christmas cards this year to participating stores," she said. "It's a great way for people to get their New Year off to a greener start."

Sue Holden, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, said all the cards collected will be taken to paper mills and recycled into brand new paper products like corrugated cardboard, copier paper and even next year's Christmas cards and help preserve woodland.

"The Trust thanks everyone who supports the campaign each year," she said. "You're helping us to plant thousands of new trees and protect the little ancient woodland we have left in the UK."

Unwanted gifts such as jumpers, CDs and books can be donated to charity, including the British Heart Foundation in King Street, Saffron Walden.

British shoppers spend a staggering £1.3billion on presents which are not suitable for the person they have bought them for, according to Abbey Bank, and BHF chief executive Ken Blair said an unwanted gift could be a lifesaver.

"We'd like to ask people to make their first New Year's resolution a visit to their local BHF Shop to donate unwanted items so that we can give them a new lease of life," he said.

"We can find a perfect new home for all gifts and at the same time raise vital money to help fight heart disease."

To find out more about recycling and local facilities, visit www.recyclenow.com, www.uttlesford.gov.uk or call UDC's recycling hotline on 01799 510344.

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