Households urged to ‘treecycle’ festive rubbish

Householders are being urged to reduce, reuse and recycle their Christmas rubbish. Local authorities estimate nearly a third more waste is generated by householders during the festive season than any […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Householders are being urged to reduce, reuse and recycle their Christmas rubbish.

Local authorities estimate nearly a third more waste is generated by householders during the festive season than any other time of the year.

The Local Government Association estimates it costs the taxpayer nearly £100 for every 40 Christmas trees sent to landfill.

Councils across the country are running a series of schemes to “treecycle” Christmas waste this year.

They include Ealing Council’s visual recycling tool which helps consumers find out what and how many items can be recycled from each room, Bath and North East Somerset collecting trees to be composted and Teignbridge District Council suggesting alternative eco-friendly ways to wrap gifts.

Communities Minister Marcus Jones said: “From Christmas trees to the dinner with all the trimmings, we can often be left a lot of waste to get rid of. Councils across the country offer great initiatives to ensure we are donating our unwanted goods to a good home, meaning we don’t face a depressing January dodging old Christmas trees and overflowing bins on our pavements.

“My message to households is simple: find out what schemes are running in your area so you can reduce, reuse and recycle your Christmas rubbish.”