Dreaming of a green Christmas in the Cotswolds

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Dreaming of a green Christmas in the Cotswolds

Cotswold residents will be celebrating a green Christmas - thanks to two new recycling initiatives by the District Council.

An extra 250 tonnes of waste is generated over the festive season every year - and now the Council is making it easier to slim your bin.

For the first time, skips for cardboard will be placed at the recycling bank sites at the Old Station car park, Cirencester and the Maugersbury Road car park, Stow-on-the-Wold.

The skips will be installed for a trial period on December 18th and can be used for every type of cardboard from Christmas cards to toy and food packaging.

And this year, residents in the Cirencester area will get a helping hand to recycle their real Christmas trees.

The Council has joined forces with Dobbies Garden Centre at Siddington, to turn trees into compost.

The centre will take delivery of trees between December 27 and January 14, ready for shredding by the Council's contractor on January 8 and 15.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio holder for Development Services and Environment, said: "We're very grateful to Dobbies for helping us to boost recycling.

"Residents who can't make it to the garden centre can take their real trees to the Household Recycling Centre at Fosse Cross or chop them into sections and put them in their green garden waste bins.

"We want to remind people that a great deal of their Christmas waste can be recycled - from trees and cards to plastic, glass and cans."And what can't be recycled - such as wrapping paper or unwanted gifts - can be reused or donated to charity."

Glass jars and bottles, newspapers and magazines and cans can be put into the Council's kerbside recycling boxes.

Plastic, foil, textiles and shoes can be put in the appropriate containers at the Council's recycling bank sites across the District or taken to Household Recycling Centres.

Wrapping paper and gift bags can't be recycled - but can be saved to use again next year!

Unwanted gifts and toys can be given to charity shops or toy libraries, swapped with friends or sold at car boot sales or on the internet at sites such as eBay and Loot.

Posted : 19/12/2006 08:06:34

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