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Your guide to festive waste and recycling

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Residents in the Stroud district are being asked to check their waste and recycling schedules over the Christmas period as some collections will change.

There will be no collection on Boxing Day, so waste and recycling that would normally be collected on Tuesday 26 December will be taken on Saturday 30 December.

All other collection days remain the same.

Containers and bins should be put out by 6am on collection days, and people are urged to recycle as much Christmas waste as possible.

Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Chloe Turner said: “There will be more waste and recycling than normal over the holiday period, so please spare a thought for the recycling crews who will be out working hard in the cold weather.

“Large pieces of cardboard should be folded and flattened and kept dry, and bins and recycling bags should be taken back in as soon as possible after collection, especially during windy weather.”

Vice Chair Cllr Robin Layfield added: “On a personal note, I would like to say thanks to our Ubico waste disposal crews who have gone above and beyond, time and again to ensure we have a predictable, reliable, and effective service that is the envy of many other councils. Please take a moment to thank your bin crew this Christmas when you see them.”

Only wrapping paper that passes the `scrunch test’ can be recycled: remove foil, tape, bows and ribbons then scrunch the paper info a ball. If it keeps its shape it can be recycled in your green recycling box. If it springs back out it can’t be recycled and should be placed in your general waste bin or beige sack.

If your waste or recycling is not collected due to snow or icy conditions, please leave it at the kerbside for two days (including Saturdays but not Sundays). If it is not collected within this period, please take it back in and wait until your next scheduled collection.

Here’s a guide to what can and can’t be recycled:

Christmas cardsCan be placed in your household recycling box. Some supermarkets and charity shops accept them.Remove foil, bows and ribbons. Cards containing glitter can’t be recycled.
Wrapping paperCan be placed in your household recycling box if it passes the scrunch test.Remove foil, tape, bows & ribbons first which can’t be recycled
Glass, cans, plastic and foilCan be placed in your household recycling bin or green sack. Please don’t put them in plastic bags which can be recycled at most supermarkets.Make more space by squashing soft plastic. Please remove the clear plastic film from food containers which can’t be recycled. 
FoodCan be placed in your household food recycling caddy.See Love Food Hate Waste for tips to help you reduce food waste: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/
Paper and cardboardCan be placed in your household recycling boxFlatten, cut or fold large pieces to the approximate size of your recycling box
Real Christmas treesYou can arrange a collection by Longfield Hospice which will recycle your tree. Alternatively, you can make an appointment at the Household Recycling Centre.Longfield: https://longfield.org.uk/event/christmas-tree-recycling-2023-24/  Household Recycling Centre:https://www.gloucestershirerecycles.com/ 

The Waste Wizard search on the SDC website will tell you which household items can be recycled, or if they can be given a new life through repair and reuse. 

Residents can check their waste and recycling dates on the SDC website, or download a printable 2024 waste collection calendar, with the option of an easy- to-read accessible version via the My House function on the SDC website. Anyone who doesn’t have online access or who cannot download the calendar can call the council on 01453 766321 for a copy.

As usual, most Stroud District Council services will be closed  over Christmas and New Year. They will be closed from 3pm on Friday 22 December and reopen at 8.45am on Tuesday 2 January.

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