It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the 20 household waste recycling centres across North Yorkshire.

During December, North Yorkshire County Council, in partnership with Yorwaste, is running a campaign to remind people of the various items they can bring to their local HWRC, whether that’s electrical goods, packaging, batteries or Christmas trees.

As part of this, staff at the sites have been donning all manner of Christmas ‘props’ to spread the festive message of what you can recycle this Christmas.

Pictures and posts in support of the campaign are being put on North Yorkshire County Council’s Twitter page.

Cllr Andrew Lee said: “Working together, the council and Yorwaste are trying to provide residents with advice on how to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste and helping everyone to have a greener Christmas.”

Yorwaste manage and operate the 20 HWRC’s on behalf of North Yorkshire, employing 85 staff.

Rachel Stewart, Yorwaste’s HWRC Operations Manager, said: “Our staff are enjoying putting on Santa hats and donning tinsel as they help people with their waste and recycling.

“December is one of the busiest times of the years at the HWRC’s, so we want to ensure we maximise recycling, whilst having fun in the process.”

If you have any extra rubbish or overflowing recycling over the Christmas holidays then the sites will be open every day apart from 25th and 26th December, and 1st January and all Wednesdays. Opening times at this time of year are 8.30am to 4pm.

Here are just some items that you can take to the sites: paper, cardboard, telephone directories, books, garden waste, glass, food and drink cans, foil, scrap metal, plastic bottles, mixed textiles and clothes, batteries, fluorescent tubes, TVs and monitors, fridges and freezers, large appliances, small appliances, furniture (including beds, mattresses, sofas and chairs), bric-a-brac , cooking oil ,car batteries, used engine oil, tyres, wood and timber!!

Try and buy non-glittery accessorised cards as they can be recycled easily within paper and card recycling. If you receive any of these then you’ll need to remove those non recyclables before they can go for recycling.

Shiny wrapping paper may look lovely but it can’t be recycled as some of it has a plastic/foil mix, stick to normal paper material and make sure you remove the sticky tape before it goes in the paper recycling otherwise it needs to go in the rubbish bin.

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