THINK twice before throwing things away at the start of the New Year.
That is the message from environmental chiefs at Stratford District Council, who are reminding residents just how much can be recycled as they begin the annual clear-out following the festive period.
Leftover food can be put in the green recycling bin while Christmas cards and household plastic packaging such as microwave trays, yoghurt pots, fruit punnets, clean foil and sweet and biscuit tins can go in the blue-lidded bins.
Those who had a real Christmas tree can put it next to their green garden waste bin – although trees over five foot tall should be cut in half.
Small electric items, including textiles and batteries can be put in carrier bags next to residents’ wheeled bins for collection.
And anyone who received unwanted presents but is unable to return them is encouraged to consider organising a present swap with friends or relatives. They can also be sold online on websites such as freecycle.co.uk and ebay.co.uk or donated to a charity shop in the district.
Recycling spokesman Coun Mike Brain said: “We know our residents are good at recycling, so this is just a reminder about other things that can be recycled at this time of year.
“If there is one resolution I’d urge people to make and keep in 2016, it is to make sure they recycle everything they can – it’s good for the environment, the future and it also saves money.”
Warwickshire County Council’s recycling centres at Burton Farm, Shipston, and Stockton have containers for a variety of other recyclable items.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk for information about opening times and materials accepted.