A HANDY guide to what can and cannot be recyled in Stroud over Christmas has been released.
This comes as an update was provided on waste and recycling collections in Stroud over the festive period.
Residents are asked to ensure containers are put out by 6am on their normal scheduled collection days, and to recycle as much Christmas waste as possible.
There will be no changes to waste and recycling collections in the Stroud district over Christmas and New Year.
Here’s a guide to what can and can’t be recycled:
1. Wrapping paper
Some types of wrapping paper can be recycled, so it’s worth bearing this in mind before you buy.
As a general rule, paper with glitter or foil can’t be recycled.
If you’re unsure, take the scrunch test: first remove tape, bows, ribbons and tags, then scrunch the paper into a ball.
If it keeps its shape it can be recycled, so put in your green recycling box. If it springs out it is not recyclable and should go in your general household waste wheelie bin or beige sack.
2. Christmas cards
Christmas cards that don’t have glitter, foil, bows and ribbons can be recycled along with your paper and cardboard.
Make sure every last scrap goes in your food waste caddy as we’ll send it an anaerobic digester to be turned into biogas energy for the national gas grid.
The liquid residue is used to fertilise local farmland.
Food waste caddies, unlike other recycling containers, can be lined with newspaper or plastic bags, as this is sent to a different depot which can remove it.
Most households buy too much food at Christmas, but buying only what you need will not only help reduce costs, but also the amount of waste: https://lovefoodhatewaste.com/
4. Real Christmas trees
If you have a real Christmas tree, you can arrange for it to be collected from your home by volunteers working with Longfield Hospice.
For a voluntary donation of £10 (or more) your tree will be recycled, and the money raised will help fund the hospice’s vital work supporting free-of-charge care and support to patients and their family and carers.
To arrange collection of your tree, visit www.just-helping.org.uk/register-tree where you can make a voluntary donation to your local community hospice.
Bookings can be made until January 3, 2023.
Alternatively you can take your real tree by taking it to the Household Recycling Centre where it will be recycled.
Visits must be pre-booked at www.gloucestershirerecycles.com
5. Glass, cans, plastic and foil
These can go in your recycling wheelie bin or green sack.
Make more space by squashing soft plastic such as milk cartons.
Please don’t put plastic bags or the clear plastic film that covers many plastic food containers in with your recycling as they cannot be recycled at our depot and there’s no easy way to remove them.
Plastic bags can be recycled by many supermarkets – please check your local store.
6. Paper and cardboard
Large pieces of cardboard must be flattened and cut or folded to the approximate size of the recycling box and stacked under or behind the box.
This will help the lorries carry more, reducing trips to the depot, thereby saving time, fuel and carbon emissions.
The Waste Wizard search on the SDC website will tell you which household items can be recycled, or if they can be given a new life through repair and reuse: https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/bins-rubbish-and-recycling/waste-wizard