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.
Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We will try to ensure there will be 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.”
Every home in the District will receive two collections of non-recyclable household waste during the Christmas and New Year fortnight. However, there will be no collections of garden waste between 24th December, 2007, and 4th January, 2008.
Residents whose normal collection day falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day will have their non-recyclable household waste collected on another day.
If your usual collection day is a Tuesday, your revised household waste collection dates will be Thursday, 27th December, and Wednesday, 2nd January, before returning to Tuesdays on 8th January.
If your usual collection day is a Wednesday, your revised collection date will be Friday, 28th December, before returning to Wednesdays on 2nd January.
Residents whose fortnightly recycling collection day falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day will not receive a collection of recyclables during the Christmas fortnight. However, they will be able to put any additional recyclable materials out in plastic bags alongside their recycling boxes on their next collection day.
If your usual recycling collection day falls on Christmas Day, your next collection will be Tuesday, 8th January. If your usual recycling collection falls on Boxing Day, your next collection will be Wednesday, 9th January, and if your usual recycling collection day falls on New Year’s Day, your next collection will be Tuesday, 15th January.
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.
Full details of Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection arrangements over the Christmas period can be found by visiting www.cotswold.gov.uk or by contacting the Council on 01285 623123.