Waste and recycling officers issue a challenge

East Riding Council logo
East Riding Council logo

Families and other residents across the East Riding are being issued with a festive challenge – to recycle as much of their Christmas and New Year waste as they can.

This time of year generates more waste than any other time, with hundreds of tonnes of wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and food packages thrown in the bin during the post-Christmas clean up.

So the waste and recycling officers at East Riding Council are urging people to take up their challenge and sort as much of their waste as possible into their blue or brown bins – so it can be recycled into lots of useful things, including next year’s wrapping paper and cards.

To help, the officers are offering this festive advice to let people know which bins they should put their seasonal rubbish into:

Blue bins – Can be used to recycle plastic sweet tubs, metal biscuit tins, wrapping paper, Christmas cards and envelopes, all cardboard boxes, cardboard advert calendars, all glass and plastic bottles, cans, books, egg boxes, plastic tubs and trays, juice cartons, newspapers, magazines and junk mail.

Brown bins and kitchen caddies – Can be used to recycle your food waste into compost. This includes your Christmas dinner plate scrapings and any cooked or uncooked food, turkey carcases, meat bones, fruit and vegetable peelings, leftover meat, and egg shells. Use the free kitchen caddy liners to put your food waste into, or wrap it in newspaper or kitchen roll.

Collection dates for green, blue and brown bins across the East Riding will change over the Christmas period between 25 December and 17 January.

Residents will soon be receiving new bin collection calendars through the post from East Riding Council which will show the revised dates for putting out their bins this Christmas and New Year – and all the collection dates for 2016.

People can also find their own festive collection dates online at the website bins.eastriding.gov.uk. Just enter your postcode to find your address and your green, blue and brown bin collection dates.

Bin collections will return to normal days from 18 January.