Christmas is a busy time for all, you end up buying more food, more packaging and more recyclable goods than any other time of year. In fact, it is estimated the UK generates 30% more waste around Christmas, most of this can be recycled.
For those of you that don’t know: wrapping paper, Christmas cards, wine bottles, glass jars and lids, plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays, foil tins, cans and drinks cartons can be recycled. Each of these items can be added to your recycling bin. If you can’t fit these items in your recycling bin, then place the items in a clear plastic bag or cardboard box. Then place this next to your recycling bin when it is ready for collection.
Christmas recycling and waste collections
Oxfordshire will see no changes to bin collection days over the Christmas period, including New Year. Oxfordshire’s County Council have said bins will be collected on the normal collection days, this includes the substitute bank holiday Tuesday 27th December.
On average the UK is wasting £12 billion worth of food each year. One in three people believe that they waste even more food over Christmas and New Year than any other time of year. There is simply no need to waste so much. The effect of this is: a detrimental impact on the environment, a waste of materials, a waste of water and energy used in the production of making these products.
Instead of carrying on the tradition of wasting these items, households must get into the mind set of re-using them. This can be by using a Christmas leftovers to create other meals, donating unwanted gifts to charity shops. Saving wrapping paper for next year, instead of throwing it away. There are many ways homes can look to decrease the amount they waste this year.
Christmas tree collection points are open between 23 December 2016 and 8 January 2017.
Each year, households do not recycle their Christmas tree in the proper manner. You can leave you real and naked, meaning no lights or decorations left on the tree, Christmas tree next to your blue bin between Tuesday 27th December 2016 and Friday 20th January 2017.
The collection points are:
- Alexandra Tennis Courts, Middle Way, Summertown
- Atkyns Road, Wood Farm
- Leys Pools and Leisure Centre car park (formerly Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre)
- Blackbird Leys Park car park
- Bury Knowle Park, North Place car park
- Cutteslowe Park, Harbord Road car park
- Elizabeth Green, Westlands Drive, Northway
- Florence Park, Cowley
- Green Road, Risinghurst
- Hinksey Park, off Abingdon Road’
- Long Lane, Littlemore
- Manzil Way Gardens, Cowley Road
- Margaret Road Recreation Ground
- Meadow Lane Recreation Ground, Jackdaw Lane
- Oatlands Recreation Ground, Ferry Hinksey Road (car park)
- South Park, Morrell Avenue
- Sunnymead Recreation Ground, by play area