Take up recycling challenge

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The start of a new year brings a clean slate and an opportunity to start afresh.

With any new year’s resolution, you have to keep focused. How many of us go to the gym during the first week in January to find it packed with people who have set their new fitness goals?

And how less crowded is the gym by the end of January? Why not make a pledge that you can easily stick to and make a New Year’s recycling resolution instead.

To help you along Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) are providing regular hints, tips and ideas to make this resolution one that you can stick to all year round.

Why not start your resolution by having a January clean up and clear out?

Recycle Christmas cards by putting them in your recycling wheeled bin or re-use them by turning them into gift tags for next year’s presents.

Take your real Christmas tree to any recycling centre to be recycled. Veolia are donating £100 to The Ear Foundation for every 50 tonnes of garden waste collected at the recycling centres up to the end of January.

Use a small compost caddy or food bin in your kitchen to collect food waste like fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags and coffee grounds and give them a second chance.

Empty the contents into a compost bin to recycle these into compost and add nutrients to your garden for free!

Remember you can even recycle used cooking oil at your nearest recycling centre.

When you’re shopping at the supermarket, remember to bring your own reusable bags so that you can refuse the carrier bags offered. If you seem to receive a lot of unwanted mail or free newspapers consider attaching a sign to your letter box or registering with the Mail Preference Service.

Kevin Parker, Regional Communications Manager for Veolia commented: “Working with Nottinghamshire County Council we are proud to have introduced a range of recycling schemes. We are very grateful that Nottinghamshire residents have taken up their recycling challenge.”