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Welcome to our Winter Ezine - with everything you need to to know about reducing, reusing and recycling this Christmas ! 
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Dreaming of a Green Christmas?

Over Christmas and New Year, most of us eat, drink and get a little bit merrier than the rest of the year! But it's not only the turkey (or nut roast!) that gets stuffed - household bins struggle with the excess waste generated by yuletide celebrations. In January, our bins are around 12% fuller than any other month of the year and Recycling Centres and bottle banks get pretty busy too. But it doesn't have to be this way - with a bit of planning and some creative thinking Christmas could be cleaner, greener and cheaper!

Our Christmas webpages contain all the information you need about how to make the most of your festive freeze(r!) to help reduce your food waste, pick the perfect present or find alternatives to wrapping paper.

They also contain information about when your bins will be collected over the festive season as well as how to recycle your Christmas tree once all the fun is over.

Buying gifts from charity shops or our Reuse Shop is a great way to ‘reduce and reuse’ and save the earth’s resources - and remember you can donate any unwanted gifts back!
Click here to find out more

 

When will my bin get collected over Christmas?

Most of us will experience changes to our bin collections over the festive season – all you need to do is click on your local council below to find out when your bins will get collected where you live:
 

  • Babergh - Click here  
  • Mid Suffolk - Click here
  • East Suffolk – Click  here
  • Ipswich - Click here
  • West Suffolk - Follow this link and enter your postcode to find your next bin collection day or download a leaflet here

Bad weather can cause delays to collections, so if crews can’t get to you, please be patient and your bins will be collected! We would like to say a big thank you to all of Suffolk’s refuse collectors who work all year round collecting our bins in all weathers.

Find out what can go in your home recycling bin here, and if you've got too much waste to fit in your bins at home, you can take them to your nearest Recycling Centre.

    Recycling Centres Opening Hours
 
Over the festive season, Recycling Centres will be closed on 
Christmas Day, Boxing Day
and New Year’s Day.

Apart from these days, sites are open as usual from 9am - 4pm
Sites open 6 days a week - closed on Wednesday
 
Recycling Centres can get busy after Christmas so please remember to sort your waste before you go to help speed up your visit.
Check @suffolkrc for updates before you go.
Recycling Centres accept items for re-use and these are sold on site at Foxhall Reuse Shop, run by The Benjamin Foundation Charity, who work to support young people in Suffolk.
We look forward to opening our second Reuse shop at the new Bury Recycling Centre in Fordham Road when it opens next year.
A big hand to all Recycling Centre staff who provide a great service for Suffolk all year round! 
Last year 76% of everything brought to Recycling Centres was recycled and 932 tonnes were re-used!
How do you know if you can recycle wrapping paper?
Scrunch it and see!

When it comes to wrapping, steer clear of foil gift wrap and anything with added glitter. The ‘scrunch test’ will tell you if you can recycle it: crumple a piece of wrapping paper in your hand – if it unfolds when you open your hand, it can’t be recycled. Paper that stays scrunched up in a ball is safe to put in the recycling.
Follow this link from Recycle Now to see the scrunch test video in action!

Remember to recycle your wrapping paper without tape, bows, ribbons and glitter. You could try securing your gifts with ribbon or coloured string instead of tape or you can make gorgeous gift wrap from brown parcel paper or newspaper, tied with string or ribbon, adding natural decorations such as pine cones or sprigs of evergreen for a natural, rustic feel.

The ‘no glitter’ rule applies to greetings cards and Advent calendars, too. When you recycle them, remove the portions with glitter, remove ribbon, badges and other frills and take out batteries from musical cards – these should be recycled separately at supermarkets or Recycling Centres.

And last but not least... 
Suffolk's Plastic Action Champions send you their top 10 tips for reducing plastic waste at Christmas!

 
  1. Send e-cards or plastic & glitter-free Christmas cards; watch out for cards that contain a coating which makes them non-recyclable.
  2. Use last year’s cards or save any cards you receive this year that can’t be recycled to cut up for gift tags.
3.Give gifts of memories or experiences rather than objects such as a meal out or a day trip, or membership/donation to a charity.
4.Think about second-hand hand shopping this Christmas and pick up a bargain from a charity shop!
5.Wrap gifts in reusable cloth, cotton bags or newspaper, secured with natural string.
6.Consider a reusable advent calendar with pockets or boxes that can be filled with treats or toys of your own choice.
7. Make your own crackers with toilet roll tubes and any spare paper, these can be personalised to your guests, which makes them extra special.
8. Decorate with natural foliage such as holly (with permission from the plant’s owner!)
9. When out walking with friends and family, remember to pop some gloves and a bag in your pocket so you can pick up some litter at the same time.
10. Remember you don’t have to do everything, but any little change you can make, will make a massive difference to reducing plastic waste! 
Happy Green Christmas to you all!
Use our A-Z of recycling for the best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle most items and if you can't find what you need let us know!
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