We all tend to create a lot of extra waste over Christmas and New Year with lots of extra packaging, wrapping paper, cans, bottles and real Christmas trees to dispose of after all the festivities.
Of course, much of this waste can be recycled, either in your grey (recycling bin), or at your local household waste recycling centre.
What can I recycle in my grey bin?
Use your grey bin to recycle cardboard, food tins and drink cans (place lids inside cans), glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, envelopes, papers, newspapers and magazines, junk mail and phone books. You can recycle wrapping paper (as long as it is not foil wrapping paper) and Christmas cards (without large amounts of glitter or other items attached).
Whether you’re a keen recycler or not sure which items should go in which bin, this handy guide to getting the most from your grey recycling bin will provide plenty of inspiration.
Where is my nearest recycling centre?
In Knowsley our nearest recycling centres are at:
Huyton – Wilson Road, Huyton L36 6AD
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park L33 3AR
These are operated by Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), and accept all sorts of materials which local householders can dispose of at the centres for free.
When are the waste recycling centres open?
Both Huyton and Kirkby’s centres are open every day of the year – except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – from 8am until 5pm this winter.
Many items can be deposited with the majority accepting cans, cardboard, garden waste (including real Christmas trees), glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, toys and white goods. All the centres accept electrical items.
If I can’t make it to the tip, is there any other way to recycle my real Christmas tree?
As well as the Household Waste Recycling Centres, you can recycle your real Christmas trees between Sunday, 1 January 2017 and Friday, 6 January 2017 by dropping them off at:
- Halewood Park
- Stadt Moers Park, Whiston
- Millbrook Park Millennium Green, Kirkby
- Court Hey Park, Huyton
- Holy Family Social Club, Cronton.
When will my bins be emptied over Christmas and the New Year?
Top tips to reduce waste at Christmas
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority are issuing advice to help us all have a cleaner Christmas. Here are its 10 top tips:
- Try and separate your waste before visiting your local Recycling Centre. This way you’ll be able to deposit things more easily and help reduce queues at sites.
- Flatten cardboard boxes before adding them to a recycling container – it will take up less room.
- Remove any plastic wrapping and polystyrene before placing cardboard boxes into the correct container. Unfortunately plastic gift wrapping cannot be recycled. Similarly, please don’t bring plastic bags to the waste recycling centres – try to reuse them as much as possible?
- Try and avoid putting recyclable items in your black ‘residual’ bin bags. If you cut down on this then there’ll be less chance you’ll have excess black bin bags to bring to the recycling centre.
- Don’t forget to recycle your cans and bottles – an extra 500 million drinks are consumed during the festive period!
- After Christmas you can bring your real Christmas trees to your local Recycling Centre where they’ll be shredded and turned into chippings for compost.
- All Merseyside’s Recycling Centres accept electrical items, so if you’ve got anything that uses batteries or has a plug that you no longer use, bring it along and it’ll be recycled.
- An excess of oil is used over the Christmas period, with festive food such as turkey, roast potatoes and fry-ups on the agenda. Used cooking oil tanks can be found at each of Merseyside HWRC for you to safely dispose of waste oil.
- If there are items like toys, electrical items, bric-a-brac you don’t need after Christmas, you could donate them to the Emmaus Community Reuse Shops at the South Sefton and the Old Swan Recycling Centres, or to another local charity shop.
- Why not make a New Year’s resolution to recycle more often?
Want more information?
Visit the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority website to find out more about local Household Waste Recycling Centres.