Recycling in Stockport is among the best in the UK as its residents feature amongst the top ten authorities for recycling in the whole of England in 2016/17.
Residents across Stockport have helped the borough to recycle around 60% of household waste helping to improve the environment and reduce residual waste.
In order to keep this positive momentum going over Christmas the Council has supplied residents with some top recycling tips to make sure as much waste is recycled as possible over the Christmas period.
Tips for Christmas Recycling in Stockport
• Use the scrunch test on wrapping paper and gift bags. If you scrunch it and it doesn’t spring back, then it can be recycled
• Don’t forget that paper, Christmas cards or wrapping paper with glitter on need to be placed in black bin as glitter causes issues in the recycling process. Please tear off any glitter sections or non-paper items like badges and batteries before recycling
• Did you know that the equivalent of 2 million turkeys ended up in the bin across the country last year? For a typical family of 4-6 people, the recommended turkey size is 2-2.5kg. For some great tips on using up leftover food visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes
• Once Christmas is over, it’s easy to recycle your real Christmas trees by chopping them up if they are small enough to fit into your green bin. Alternatively, you can take them to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
The Council also wants to remind residents that their recycling date may change over the Christmas period. Check your recycling calendar for dates, or visit; www.stockport.gov.uk/bincollections
Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing said:
“I would like to thank all Stockport’s residents for their continued commitment to recycling. Whilst we are amongst the top recyclers in the country there is still more we can do.
“Christmas is a time for giving but it is also a time where we produce more waste. We hope by giving residents useful tips over Christmas we can keep recycling at the forefront of people’s minds.”