Christmas wrapping paper

Leicestershire County Council is encouraging residents to consider the three ‘Rs’ over the Christmas and New Year period – reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to waste.Figures show that, from wrapping paper to decorations, celebrations at this time of year create around 30 per cent more waste compared to the rest of the year and the council is sharing top tips focused on residents having ‘greener’ festivities.

These include helping people to consider reducing what is bought, reusing what they can and recycling correctly.

We’re encouraging residents to plan ahead to prevent waste and to recycle right this festive season. If we work together, our small actions can really make a big difference in creating a cleaner, greener Leicestershire.

Suggestions include:

  • Storing leftovers correctly
  • Mending Christmas lights rather than throwing them away
  • Donating unwanted clothes and decorations
  • Bottles, cans, and wrapping paper and cards without foil or glitter can also be easily recycled in kerbside recycling

Leicestershire’s recycling and household waste sites will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day when all sites will be closed. For more information about what can be taken to these and to find the nearest site and to check opening times, visit our waste & recycling pages.

Regular kerbside collections make it easier to recycle but please check with the district or borough council to see if collection days change over the festive season. 

Residents should also recycle their batteries responsibly, check for hidden batteries and remember they don’t belong in their general waste or recycling bins. To find out more about the dangers of ‘zombie batteries’, visit the Take Charge website.  

The council’s Christmas tips can be found online at Less Waste. These tips will also be shared on the council’s social media accounts and the Leicestershire Recycling Facebook page.  

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