Councils are all set to move a mountain of festive waste

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Councils are reminding residents to recycle responsibly as they clear up the mountain of post-Christmas waste.

South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) is urging people on its patch to recycle their real Christmas trees in their green bins or take them to household waste recycling centres like the one in Bourne.

But, for those who don’t have green bins, the council is also offering to take the trees away as long as they are put out on green bin collection day.

Christmas tree lights, household batteries and electronic equipment should also be taken to the household waste sites.

SKDC will also take away “unlimited recycling” as part of its silver bin and clear bag collections.

Ian Yates, SKDC’s executive manager for the environment, said: “We understand that lots of extra waste is generated at Christmas.

“That’s why we will take away an unlimited amount of recyclable items in any clear bags or cardboard boxes, items that are visible to our recycling team that can be recycled – as long as they are not placed in black bags.

“Please flatten and crush cardboard for ease of transport to the recycling facilities we use and to fit more into your kerbside collection.”

Among the Christmas items that SKDC says can’t be recycled are tinsel, tree baubles, artificial trees, wine bottle corks and wreaths – these should be placed in black bins or pink bags.

For information on recycling and waste collections in South Holland please visit www.sholland.gov.uk/environment/waste/news/Festive+collections.htm

Advice from South Holland District Council (SHDC) includes the kinds of things you can put in your green bag, such as wrapping paper, Christmas cards, large sweet tins, bottles and jars, used crackers and catalogues – but not decorations, tree lights, broken toys or batteries.