Council’s advice on Christmas waste

Newbiggin Sports Centre, one of the many places people can take their real Christmas trees to be recycled.
Newbiggin Sports Centre, one of the many places people can take their real Christmas trees to be recycled.

Residents are being offered advice on how to dispose of their waste from the Christmas holidays.

Northumberland County Council is providing advice and facilities to help dispose of the extra household waste while protecting the environment.

Real Christmas trees can be taken to any Northumberland household waste recovery centre, where they are collected and recycled along with other items of garden waste.

The council has also arranged some additional recycling points across the county, where you can take real Christmas trees during early January.

Residents can recycle tins, paper, cards and plastic bottles in their normal recycling bin, and a wide range of items can also be taken to household waste recovery centres.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at the county council, said: “It is just as important to recycle and compost over the Christmas and New Year period as it is at other times of the year.

“In fact, over Christmas, we generate around 30 per cent more waste than normal and a lot of this can be recycled or composted.

“Please visit the council’s website to find out where you can recycle your real Christmas tree, see tips to reduce food waste during the party season, find details about your local household waste recovery centre and see changes to bin collection days.

“Can I take this opportunity to wish residents a Happy New Year.”