Don’t have a rubbish Christmas – recycle
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging residents to recycle more and try to waste less during this festive season.
There is no limit to how much you can recycle. Any extra recycling can be put in cardboard boxes or clear sacks which are available from larger supermarkets and homeware stores. Leave the cardboard box or clear sacks filled with recycling and large, flattened cardboard boxes next to your recycling bin. Please remove the polystyrene and plastic packaging before leaving cardboard out.
There are lots of items that can be recycled including cardboard packaging, paper, newspapers and magazines, food tins, drinks cans, aerosols and plastic bottles.
Remember that Christmas wrapping paper cannot be recycled and needs to go into your black waste bin. Try wrapping presents with brown paper instead, it’s recyclable and can look beautiful when decorated. Christmas cards can be recycled but only if they do not contain glitter, ribbons or bows.
If you’re unsure about what can and can’t be recycled visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/recycle or call the council on 01256 844844.
Christmas can mean extra rubbish which can’t be recycled, so extra sacks will be collected for the first collection after Christmas only.
If you’re thinking of getting a real tree, you can recycle it at one of a number of drop off points across the borough between Thursday 2 January and Sunday 26 January 2020.
For the first time those people signed up to the Garden Waste service will be able to put their real Christmas trees out for collection with their fortnightly garden waste. Christmas trees over 6ft need to be cut in half and decorations must be removed from all trees.
For more information visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/christmas-tree .
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “It’s inevitable that extra rubbish will be created over the festive period. I would ask residents to make sure they’re disposing of their waste and recycling correctly so we can enjoy a more sustainable start to 2020.”
This year bin collections will be affected over two weeks and, unless adverse weather affects bin rounds, collections should return to normal from Monday 13 January 2020.
Normal collection date Festive collection date
Monday 23 December Monday 23 December
Tuesday 24 December Tuesday 24 December
Wednesday 25 December Friday 27 December
Thursday 26 December Saturday 28 December
Friday 27 December Monday 30 December
Monday 30 December Tuesday 31 December
Tuesday 31 December Thursday 2 January
Wednesday 1 January Friday 3 January
Thursday 2 January Saturday 4 January
Friday 3 January Monday 6 January
Monday 6 January Tuesday 7 January
Tuesday 7 January Wednesday 8 January
Wednesday 8 January Thursday 9 January
Thursday 9 January Friday 10 January
Friday 10 January Saturday 11 January
Check your bin collection day on the website www.basingstoke.gov.uk/bincollections or call 01256 844844.