December 3, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea residents urged to reduce Christmas rubbish levels

Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week been urged to think about the waste they create over Christmas in a bid to reduce rubbish levels.

Christmas is Somerset’s most wasteful time of the year, when tonnes of materials that should be recycled get buried in landfill.

Somerset Waste Partnership's Nick Cater told "Faced with their family’s festive waste, many resdients fill endless black plastic sacks, but Somerset Waste Partnership says five simple suggestions can prevent costly and wasteful rubbish 'mountains'."

"First, get it gone now: de-clutter and tidy each room before Christmas, take all recycling and rubbish to a recycling site, and donate anything good to a charity shop, or re-gift it."

"Secondly save money and make space for all that Christmas food andf left-overs by clearing your's freezer contents. Check for tips on menus, portions and shopping."

"Thirdly, insist that you make every gift 'wanted'. Buy better, from high quality suppliers that lasts to digital, home-made and experiences. Or give the best of all: time and skills to help with tasks."

"Fourthly, decorate with love and nature in mind. Don't get plastic tat, use garden greenery, and compost it later, and get children to make decorations with things recycled, from old cards to pine cones."

"Finally, recycle like a pro. Check what goes where at and dodge missed pick-ups by not putting out too much at once, or take it all, and your tree, to a recycling site."

Apart from the usual closures on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre will be open on the standard schedules.

With no rubbish or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day, all pick-ups will be two days later in the first festive week, and one day later in the second.


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