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Recycling 24 million Christmas cards

Potters Bar Household Waste and Recycling Centre
Potters Bar Household Waste and Recycling Centre
Camera courtesy of Fujifilm
Last Christmas the people of Hertfordshire threw away 24 million cards, 610,000 glass containers and 215,000 bins full of packaging.

This year the county is working with WasteAware to reduce that figure.

Already recycling seems to be taking off locally. Ten years ago only two percent of Hertfordshire’s household rubbish was recycled, now that figure is 15%.

Throughout the year the residents of Hertfordshire put more than 33 million items of glass in the county’s 550 bottle banks preventing an estimated 11,000 tonnes being dumped in landfillsites.

Now WasteAware is urging residents to ...

  • Recycle wine bottles, jars and cans
  • Recycle Christmas cards
  • Replant real Christmas trees or
  • Take it to the nearest household waste site
  • Create garden compost waste such as raw vegetable peelings and egg shells.

The 19 Household Waste and Recycling Centres across Hertfordshire will be open throughout the Christmas period, except for December 25, December 26 and January 1.

For further information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle your household waste this Christmas and throughout next year contact the WasteAware help line on 08457-425000 or visit the WasteAware website.

The local waste disposal centres are at Potters Bar where the winter opening hours are Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00 and Sat-Sun 09:00-16:00, and Cole Green where the winter opening hours are Mon-Fri 11:00-16:30 and Sat-Sun 09:00-16:00.

Welwyn Hatfield District Council's recycling collections over the Christmas period are as per the recycling diary card distributed to all homes and reproduced below.

Dec 16 - paper only
Jan 13 - paper and green waste
Jan 27 - paper only
Feb 10 - paper and green waste
Feb 24 - paper only
Mar 10 - paper and green waste
Mar 24 - paper only
Apr 14 - paper and green waste
Apr 28 - paper only
May 12 - paper and green waste
May 31 - paper only

The council has also issued advice on where to recycle Christmas trees and cards.

According to WHDC, The Woodland Trust is working with Tesco and WH Smith this year to collect Christmas cards for recycling. Tesco and WH Smith stores will be collecting cards between January 6 and February 2.

Arrangements have been made for Christmas tree recycling at Stanborough Park between Saturday, January 4 and January 19. WHDC says trees should be left in the car park on the old swimming pool side in the small area near the road. The area will be signposted.

The trees should be bare with all decorations removed. WHDC says this facility is for real Christmas trees only and no other waste, including garden waste, should be left.

Click here for information about refuse collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

You can discuss this issue in the forum.

December 14, 2002

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