New Year clear out
It’s a new year, the decorations are being packed away and it’s the perfect time to have that 2020 clear out.
To check what can and can’t be recycled where you live, visit your local council’s website. Remember to keep a note of seasonal bin changes and collection times over the holidays.
Before you start, put a sorting system in place so you know where to place items as you go. Consider the following:
- Items you are keeping.
- Items to be repaired.
- Items that can be reused and can be passed onto friends and family, charity shops or even sell online or at a car boot sale. Many charities will collect items direct from your home. Search for and contact your local charity shops here to see if that’s an option where you live.
- Items that can be recycled – these can then be gathered and taken to your household recycling centre.
- As a last resort, any items that you don’t want and that can’t be repaired, reused or recycled will have to go in in the bin. Large items should be disposed of at your household recycling centre.
Christmas tree recycling
More than half a million natural Christmas trees are bought in Scotland each year. Once Christmas is over, dispose of your real tree responsibly. Ideally, plant it. Trees that do well in the garden can be used again next Christmas, when they will be even bigger and better!
If planting it is not an option, compost where possible or recycle as garden waste at your local household recycling centre. When natural materials like wood end up in landfill they emit methane, a greenhouse gas, so it’s extra important that real trees are recycled. Some councils offer a designated Christmas tree uplift – check your local authority’s website for details.
Artificial trees are made from a combination of materials so cannot be recycled. If you have an artificial tree, store it well and use it as many times as possible. An artificial tree is for life – not just for a single Christmas! If you can’t store it and it’s still in good condition donate it to a charity shop or pass it on for reuse through local selling sites like Gumtree.
If you do need to dispose of your artificial tree keep it out of the recycling bin and dispose of it with household waste at your local recycling centre. For safety reasons, pre-lit or fibre optic trees should be treated as electricals items and disposed of alongside WEEE at your local household recycling centre.