If you feel guilty after Christmas about the piles of torn and screwed-up wrapping paper that builds up, then the news that they can now be recycled will come as a relief.
Since October 1, extra items have been accepted in fortnightly recycling collections, and those in the South Norfolk Council area are being reminded of some of the Christmas waste that could avoid being sent to landfill.
Glass bottles and jars, cartons and plastic pots, tubs and trays can now be recycled alongside cans, shredded paper and card in residents’ green bins.
But envelopes, greetings cards, wrapping paper, foil and foil trays can also be put into the recycling bin meaning that Christmas can also be more guilt-free when it comes to waste.
South Norfolk Councillor Keith Kiddie, whose portfolio includes waste, said: ”This is the first Christmas that residents will benefit from the extra items that can now be recycled.
“Recyclable materials are a resource and the money that the council raises from the sale of these items is then used to helps keep council tax bills low.
“That is why we want to encourage residents to recycle everything they can and why it is important that items are rinsed before being put loosely in the green bin, cutting down on contamination.”
The council understands that residents will have more recycling than usual over the holiday period and this can be placed alongside the bin in a cardboard box, but the council stresses that only lighter items should be put by the bin and ensure that the box does not get wet. To find out more, including recycling cooking oils and fats visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/recycling