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Go greener this Christmas

Published: Monday, 23 December 2019

Christmas is traditionally the season of good will, present giving, spending time with family and friends, but also sees an increase in household rubbish.

Over the festive period, food waste alone can make up a massive 80 per cent of black sack waste, not to mention all the leftover packaging from presents.

Havering Council has lots of info on how you can minimise your waste, save yourself and the Council money, plus help the environment at the same time.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“Reducing your waste, use of plastic and recycling more, will all help make a big difference towards the environment and our costs of disposing rubbish.

“There’s lots of tips out there from freezing left-over food to making sure you take advantage of the Refill stations for free water while you shop. There’s also handy advice on how to reduce the number of bags you put out – let’s go greener this Christmas!”

Residents can also recycle their real Christmas trees with Saint Francis Hospice this year and there are details of the Council services for recycling your real trees.

Find out more about recycling

Advice and tips

  • Remember to take a reusable bottle or coffee cup out with you when you shop. There are refill stations in the borough – download the Refill App and find out where the nearest one is when you shop.
  • Don’t forget to ask for free drinking water when in eating places/shops that display the sticker offering this.
  • Break down cardboard boxes – you can leave them under your recycling bags, tie together if necessary to keep it together.
  • Don’t forget to take your glass jars and bottles along to your nearest bottle bank. If glass is broken, double wrap in paper and ensure there are no pointed edges sticking out before placing in your black sack.
  • Left-over food? Don’t waste it – lots of advice on our website
  • Remember to check out when your revised waste and recycling collection dates are over Christmas and New Year.