Welcome to our new subscribers and to this edition of the Suffolk Recycles Winter newsletter with all our latest tips to help you green up your Christmas! Find out which wrapping paper and card you can recycle, links to any bin collection changes over the festive period and how to recycle your batteries and Christmas trees...
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Top tips for a waste-less Christmas

This year we’re concentrating on three easy ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at Christmas so please visit our Christmas pages to find out more about:
  1. Buying experiences as presents - from babysitting vouchers to tickets for a trip somewhere special – it doesn’t have to cost the earth and most importantly won’t leave any waste behind!
  2. Reuse and Recycling - which types of paper and card you can recycle and how to tell the difference. Plus a whole list of best ways to dispose of other top items that make an appearance at Christmas from crackers to fairy lights.  
  3. #FoodSavvy – save money all year round and especially at Christmas by making the most of your food and using up all those yummy leftovers (isn’t that the best bit?!) 
Plus, lots more information about any changes to your bin collections over the Christmas period and how to compost your Christmas trees and greenery.

10 ways to have a #FoodSavvy Christmas

With Christmas just round the corner, preparations around what to eat on the special day are getting underway. As we come together and celebrate Christmas 2021, our Food Savvy website is packed with helpful hints to make your food go further. Food waste, which is sadly an issue all year round, doesn’t go away at Christmas. In fact, a whopping 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million sprouts are thrown away every Christmas.

Food Savvy is here to help with it's 10 ways for you to have a #Savvy Christmas. From tips on how to get your Christmas portions perfect to all the know-how on freezing your Christmas dinner, leftover recipes, and ways to
save money on your food bill this festive season.

Get #FoodSavvy and make the most of your food with those that matter!
Pledge for the Planet Recycling Project 

With COP26 taking place earlier this year, we invited schools and groups to take this opportunity to think about what we can all do to help reduce carbon emissions and our impact on the planet, by making a fabulous display of their 'Pledges for the Planet' using recycled materials.
Reducing, reusing and recycling is a great way to show how every little action adds up to a lot. The schools really embraced the project:

‘We have been working very hard to create our recycled planet art project. The children really enjoyed taking part in the creating of the display and thought hard about what their personal pledges to the planet could be. They shared some really thoughtful ideas about how to protect the environment and we had many discussions around Cop26. Our Kitchen Garden club worked especially hard to finish off the project’  Castle East Primary School

Find out more here and see some of the great art work on our gallery page or on our Facebook and Twitter.

We will be adding more to the gallery as the entries come in. All participating schools and groups will be entered into a draw to win a £100 gardening voucher and we will be announcing the lucky winner soon!
Recycling Centres

Suffolk Recycling Centres are the best place to dispose of all your excess waste and recycling, to resist the temptation of overfilling your household bins over the festive period. Our recycling centres take a whole host of materials for recycling from electrical and metal items to Christmas Trees and hard plastics.

They will be open all over the festive period apart from
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
and are open 6 days a week (closed Wednesdays).  

Remember you need to book before you visit and can do so in real time online here.
Visit our Re-use shops at Foxhall and Bury St Edmunds recycling centres to buy re-used gifts or donate any unwanted gifts too!
Just a reminder that glass is not accepted in your recycling bins. Please take bottles and jars to a glass bank near you to make sure it will get recycled. Glass is 100% recyclable, but only if it’s put in the right place.

Glass placed in recycling bins will not get recycled! It can also damage other recycling and prevent it from being recycled. Glass in recycling (or rubbish bins for that matter!) will be taken to Suffolk’s energy from waste facility and the glass particles become part of the ash left over at the end of the process, which will be used in construction.  Although turning glass into a construction material seems pretty cool, this double handling costs taxpayers more and it means that it’s the end of the road for this fully recyclable resource, which will be lost forever.

So remember, to give your glass the best chance, put it in a glass bank.
Find you nearest one by using the bank locator here

It’s important that batteries are disposed of correctly and not placed in your bin as they can contain dangerous chemicals including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and even mercury.  
Batteries can also be a major cause of fires if placed in your bin. They can ignite the rubbish in the vehicle or can cause a fire at the depot – which can be extremely dangerous for staff and cause damage to equipment too.

Most medium to large stores that sell batteries offer in store recycling points and they can also be recycled at recycling centres (just store them in a sealed container or glass jar to avoid the contents leaking)

Look up batteries on our recycling bank locator to find your nearest recycling point here
Reduce your electrical waste by using rechargeable electrical items or batteries whenever you can.

We would like to thank all the staff involved with collection of our waste and recycling, the running of recycling centres, the sorting and baling of our recycling at the Materials Recycling Facility and the energy-from-waste facility where your rubbish is used to create energy to power over 40,000 homes. Thanks to all of you for keeping all our services running throughout 2021!

Happy Christmas to all our subscribers - see you in the New Year for more reducing, reusing and recycling!
A Final Word from the Suffolk Waste Partnership Chair – Cllr James Mallinder

I hope you’ve enjoyed this packed Christmas edition of the Suffolk Waste Partnership newsletter! It’s a very busy time of year with lots to think about but it is also one where we can end up using our rubbish and recycling bins a bit more than usual.
As well as thinking about how and where we are going to recycle over Christmas, we should remember that reduction and reuse is also very important. Our Suffolk Recycles website has some great Christmas pages with lots of ideas for gifts that won’t create any waste at all! Home-made gifts are often amongst the most treasured gifts we can receive so why not take a look. You can find out more here –   

You can also save money and help the environment by having a Food Savvy Christmas! By saving your leftovers and using your freezer to store food for longer, you can make the most of those tasty Xmas nibbles, helping to reduce your carbon footprint and tackle climate change. Check out all the Xmas pages on our website –  

It’s also very encouraging to see Suffolk’s young people starting to think about what they can do for the planet at such a young age. By making their ‘pledges for the planet’, they are learning to live sustainably and will hopefully become environmental champions as they grow older. It’s not just young people though, everyone can take small steps to protect our environment and these add up to make a real difference over time, protecting both Suffolk and our whole beautiful planet.

Finally, as we approach the end of another difficult year, I would like to thank residents who recycle right and think about how to dispose of waste. Working together we can really process our waste efficiently and ultimately start repairing the planet and answer some of our climate concerns.

Wishing you a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year,
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