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Christmas recycling

Real Christmas tree collections

Each year approximately six million trees are used to celebrate Christmas in Britain, sadly only 10 per cent of those trees end up being recycled. This January make the most of your Christmas tree and help the environment at the same time by recycling your tree.

Choosing to recycle your Christmas tree in Southwark ensures that your tree will be composted and used as a soil improver for agricultural purposes around the country.

There are three easy ways to recycle your Christmas tree in Southwark:

  1. If you have a food and garden waste collection, real Christmas trees can be collected as part of your normal household collection service. Simply remove any decorations and its pot or stand and place your tree next to your brown bin ready for collection
  2. If you do not have a scheduled food and garden waste collection service you can book an ad-hoc collection and arrange for your Christmas tree to be collected. Simply email the environment team environment@southwark.gov.uk to book.
  3. From 2 January to 1 February there will also be real tree collection sites at the following places around the borough:
  • Reuse and recycling centre on Devon Street (off Old Kent Road)
  • Belair Park (collection point is in the car park where the recycling bring site is situated)
  • Peckham Rye Park (collection point is in the car park where the recycling bring site is situated)
  • Southwark Park (collection point is at the left hand side of main park entrance off Southwark Park Road)

Bin collections over Christmas

 If your normal day is...  ...collection will be on
Friday 25/12  Sunday 27/12
 Monday 28/12  Normal collection
 Tuesday 29/12  Normal collection
 Wednesday 30/12  Normal collection
 Thursday 31/12  Normal collection
 Friday 01/01  Saturday 02/01

From Monday 4 January 2016 collections will return to normal.

Tips for a greener Christmas

Reduce - Reduce waste this Christmas and save money by giving away unwanted gifts to charity shops; this will help raise money for a good cause and get rid of unwanted clutter from your home. Remember to bring reusable shopping bags when doing your Christmas shopping, this reduces waste and ensures that family and friends are unable to guess where presents have been purchased.

Reuse - Reuse items to help the environment over Christmas. In the UK 250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown out after Christmas every year. If you have a garden, buy a Christmas tree that has its roots intact so that it can be planted during spring time or buy an artificial Christmas tree which can be reused again and again.

Cut up old Christmas cards to make attractive gift tags for future presents. Reuse wrapping paper by reusing creased and ripped bits to create protective cushioning for future gifts.

Recycle - Recycle all your extra Christmas waste such as:

  • Christmas cards
  • Cardboard from gifts
  • Wine bottles
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Glass jars
  • Plastic bottles and food cartons

If you have a brown bin you can compost all the Christmas dinner preparations and leftovers such as vegetable peelings and plate scraps.  Alternatively compost bins can be purchased from £10 at our reuse and recycling centre, 43 Devon Street, SE15 (off Old Kent Road).

Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate Waste has some great ideas, tips and recipes to help make the most of your time as well as the food you buy, such as:

  • Turn leftover roast dinners into tasty pie fillings
  • Create a delicious breakfast or lunch by using uneaten potatoes and cabbage from your roast dinner and making bubble and squeak
  • Freeze party leftovers for easy lunch box treats in the New Year

For more tips on how to reduce your food waste over Christmas and for some great recipes visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Planning a Christmas clear out?

Don’t forget for any items that can’t be thrown away using your household collection service, bring them along to the reuse and recycling Centre. Alternatively arrange a bulky waste collection.

Please note the reuse and recycling Centre will be closed on the following bank holidays:

• Christmas Day
• Boxing Day
• New Year’s Day

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