Reduce, Reuse and Recycle this Christmas

The festive season is one of excitement, enjoyment and especially excess – with an estimated 3 million tonnes of extra waste created at this time of year. Planning ahead and making small changes such as reducing the amount of waste created, reusing and recycling can make a big difference.

This year, BCP Council is encouraging all residents to think sustainably over Christmas. Knowing your bin collection days over the festive period will help with this, by reducing the number of cars on the road making unnecessary trips to the recycling centres. 

Across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, the rubbish, recycling and food waste collections will continue as normal over the festive period with collection crews out collecting as usual on the Bank Holidays including Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022. All residents need to remember to put their bins out by 5am on their usual collection day. Check your bin day online.

However, if residents do have any extra rubbish or recycling, this can be taken to one of the three Recycling Centres across the conurbation, to Millhams, Longham; Wilverley Road, Christchurch; or Nuffield, Poole. All sites are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas trees can also be recycled in a sustainable fashion through local charities Diverse Abilities and Lewis Manning, who can collect and dispose of them for a small fee.

Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Place commented:

“Reducing, reusing and recycling is so important for everyone to take on board, and is just one of the many ways everyone can play their part in helping fight the climate and ecological emergency we’re all facing. As a council we’re committed to creating a more sustainable environment and it’s lots of small changes that help to make a big difference.

“My thanks go out to the collection crews who will be collecting over the bank holidays, on the usual collection days, to ensure everyone has a great, rubbish-free Christmas!”

For sustainable gift ideas, the council’s ‘new to you’ reclaim shop at Cabot Lane Depot in Poole is a treasure trove of delights. Not only can you find a bargain, but the shop also helps disadvantaged local people who are in need of the basic essential items required to set up a home and for day to day living. It’s open on Saturday mornings from 9-1pm. Good quality items for reuse can be donated to the new to you shop at Millhams or Nuffield recycling centres.

Here are some top tips for reducing and recycling that will help make Christmas a green one for everyone:

  • Avoid over-packaged gifts, swapping to a brand that uses less packaging
  • buy your festive vegetables loose or take a reusable vegetable bag
  • avoid single use or disposable items like cutlery and plates
  • use natural decorations such as ivy, fir cones, mistletoe and holly
  • buy rechargeable batteries for all your children’s toys and electrical goods
  • start your own compost heap with your Christmas dinner vegetable peelings
  • recycle your mulled wine bottles, mince pie wrappers and sweet tins.

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