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Waste and Recycling – go green this Christmas

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Welcome to the November edition of our waste and recycling e-newsletter.

In this month’s email find information and updates on:

  • Christmas competitions
  • Recycling centre opening hours for winter
  • Christmas decoration recycling
  • Seasonal recipes
  • And more!

WEEE-cycle this Christmas

image of fairy lights

Have your fairy lights lost their twinkle?

If you’re getting the Christmas decorations ready for going up and discovered that the lights are more faulty than fairy remember to take them to your local recycling centre rather than putting them in the kerbside bins at home folks.

Don’t forget you can recycle broken electrical or old electronic items you no longer need at our recycling centres too, from electric toothbrushes, old hairdryers, kettles to phone chargers. These products all contain valuable components that can be reused and/or recycled so keep them out of the bin!

A-Z of recycling

Oh Christmas Tree

image of real and artificial Christmas tree

Real tree or an artificial tree? That is the question!

If you’re celebrating Christmas this year we want to know whether you’re opting for a real tree or fake tree.

Let us know for the chance to win a £100 shopping voucher towards your festive celebrations this year!

Entries are open until Midnight on the 30 November.

Enter competition

Eco Christmas box up for grabs

Christmas Eco Hamper

Enter to win a reusable Christmas kit!

Why not get your Christmas preparations off to an environmentally friendly start by entering our competition to win a Christmas storage box full of eco goodies.

One lucky winner will receive a reusable advent calendar, reusable gift bags and stickers, together with recycled cards, wrapping paper and crackers.

Closing date is midnight on 1 December 2020.

Enter competition

Did you know?

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Powered by nappies?!

In Nottinghamshire after your rubbish bin is emptied by your local Borough and District Council, the waste is taken to an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) and used to make renewable energy…

…Which is pretty awesome and helps us to create more sustainable energy!

What happens to my waste and recycling?

Try something different with your leftovers

Image of tomato soup recipe card

Buying only what we need and using up all of what we buy is a great way to keep food out of the bin and reduce food waste.

Similarly if you have been able to grow your own fruit and vegetables, ensure you freeze, swap or donate any surplus.

Whilst making bubble and squeak is always a good option, leftovers don’t have to be dull. We’ve got lots of yummy seasonal recipes to help you use up those leftovers!

View recipe cards

Winter opening hours at recycling centres

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Throughout November, December, January and February the recycling centres will open at 8am- 4pm.

The county’s recycling centres are open every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Find your nearest recycling centre

Be a freezer hero

Image of person with open freezer

Using your freezer is a great way to minimise the number of shopping trips you have to make. It’s also a fantastic way to extend the life of a whole range of foods that might otherwise go to waste.

We all know that meat, pizza and ice cream can be frozen, but there may be a few foods that might surprise you! Eggs, milk, bread, even cheese – in fact, almost anything can be frozen.

Don’t forget to label and date whatever you freeze to avoid any unidentified frozen objects.

Tips for reducing food waste

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