Be wise with your waste this Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly – but each year, Christmas often ends up being quite wasteful, too. From used crackers to cardboard, festivities at this time of year can often create much more rubbish than usual.

This year, Barnsley Council is back with its #EverybodyThink Christmas campaign, showing residents that whilst it might be the most wonderful time of the year, it doesn’t have to be the most wasteful. In the run-up to Christmas, we’re sharing top tips to help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle their festive waste.

Many Barnsley residents are already being wise with their waste and recycling right. However, there’s so much more that can be done to cut down on rubbish, reuse unwanted items, and make sure everything from baubles to batteries gets recycled correctly.

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Environment and Transportation), said: “As Christmas comes around again, we’re sharing ways for our residents to be responsible with their festive waste. Barnsley has already shown that it’s fantastic at recycling, but reducing and reusing our waste is important, too.

“While some items may be destined for the bin, many of the things we throw away could be given a new home. Christmas is the season of giving, and we’re asking people to think about donating their unwanted clothes, toys, or decorations. Even unused crackers and gift bags can be put aside and saved for next year.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s done their bit and been responsible with their waste this year. Although these past months have been difficult, you’ve still been fantastic recyclers, making the most of your wheelie bins and local recycling centres.”

As part of the #EverybodyThink campaign, we’re letting residents know how they can be waste wise at this time of year. On the Barnsley Council Facebook and Barnsley Council Twitter pages, our ‘top tips’ are being shared in the run-up to Christmas to help everyone reduce, reuse and recycle their festive rubbish. 

Waste Less South Yorkshire are also sharing their tips for reducing waste over the Christmas period on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

There’s more information on recycling this Christmas on the council's website.

Barnsley’s four household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) located across the borough are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. There's more information on what can be taken to recycling centres, and where the centres are located, on the council's website. For residents who may not be able to visit a recycling centre, we also provide a collection service for large unwanted items.

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