Recycling tips for the New Year

FOLLOWING the Christmas and New Year celebrations, Essex County Council is sharing top tips on how to recycle after the festive season.

1. Recycle your Christmas Cards – They can be dropped off at your local recycling centre, County Hall reception desks throughout January, and through the Woodlands Trust recycling scheme in participating TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer stores.

2. Compost Real Christmas Trees – They can be transformed into soil improver or compost by simply taking them to your local Recycling Centre when you’ve finished with it.

3. Donate Unwanted Gifts - Any unwanted gifts can find a new home if you donate them to a charity shop, or how about exchanging them on auction or swapping websites

4. Recycle Old Electrical Items �- Don’t forget to recycle your old electrical and electronic items that have been replaced when you next visit the Recycling Centre.

5. Check the opening times of your local Recycling Centre – or call ContactEssex on 0845 603 7625.

The council’s cabinet member for environment and waste Cllr Tracy Chapman said: “We can all do our part to lower our household waste and I urge Essex residents to try out these tips.

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