Council issues top 10 ‘tinsel’ tips

Winchester City Council is advising residents across the district to make sure they are ready for Christmas refuse and recycling arrangements by issuing 10 top tips.

During the busy Christmas period households pre-occupied with the festivities may forget the basic steps to make sure refuse is removed and as many items as possible are recycled.
So prevent problems by following 10 simple steps over the holiday season:

  • Check your collection calendar for any changes to the collection day due to bank holidays
  • Consider emails or phone calls instead of Christmas cards
  • Remember garden waste collections are suspended over Christmas so that crews can help with the extra volumes of recycling and refuse at this time of the year
  • Check which items can and cannot be recycled via the green bin so that contamination does not occur
  • Reduce the amount of wrapping paper you use as it cannot be recycled
  • Take all empty bottles and jars to a local recycling bank
  • TREECycle by putting out your Christmas tree for collection as indicated on your collection calendar
  • Plan meals carefully so you only use what you need
  • Use up leftovers or freeze them for later use. Only use your black/grey bin as a last resort
  • Compost as much food waste as possible to reduce the volume of refuse

Commenting on the tips Cllr Frank Pearson, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing, said:

Everyone can play their part to help the environment over the Christmas period and throughout the year by following this simple advice and making sure everyone at home knows which items go into which bin.

We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and now is the perfect time for that New Year’s resolution to reduce refuse and recycle more during 2016.

Christmas waste collection and recycling information is available on the Council’s website: