Festive Waste Amnesty In Cotswolds

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Festive Waste Amnesty In Cotswolds

Eat, drink, and be merry – and then recycle all your empty cans and bottles.

That is the message to householders in the Cotswolds this Christmas and New Year.

Cotswold District Council and its contractor, SITA, have published waste collection arrangements for the holiday period and they are hoping for plenty of festive cheer from the District's keen recyclers.

Extra recyclable materials (paper, glass, cans and cardboard) that will not fit into kerbside boxes or blue cardboard sacks may be put out for collection in suitable carrier bags or cardboard boxes.

In addition, a Christmas amnesty on black bin bags has been declared to help residents deal with the extra non-recyclable rubbish generated over the festive period.

Usually, Cotswold District Council will only collect non-recyclable waste if it is contained within a Council-issued grey wheeled bin with the lid closed or within Council-issued beige bin bags.

But on the first refuse collection day after December 26th, any additional non-recyclable waste put out in black plastic bags alongside grey wheeled bin/beige bin bags will be picked up.

Residents are asked not to place recyclable material in black plastic bags. Residents are also reminded that Christmas wrapping paper cannot be recycled because of its low quality and the fact that it often contains non-paper additives.

Collection dates for non-recyclable waste and/or recyclables may change over the festive season.

In summary, there is no collection of dry recyclables in the week after Christmas. Refuse and food/garden waste collections which would normally take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day will occur on the following Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th respectively. Refuse and food/garden waste collections which would normally take place on New Year's Day will take place on Friday, January 2.

A leaflet showing the revised dates will be left in each household's kerbside recycling box before Christmas, by following the above link or by calling the waste hotline on 01285 623123.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We have tried to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible to residents' waste and recycling collections during the Christmas period.

“We realise more waste is generated at this time of year but would urge everyone to do their bit for the environment by recycling as much of their rubbish as possible after enjoying the festivities.”

Posted : 11/12/2008 21:04:32

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