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Confused about Christmas recycling collections?

At this time of year there are so many things to organise and think about. So in the lead up to the festive season, the Casepak MRF team thought it would be useful to put together a quick guide to help you understand items that our facility can and can’t process, and some useful good practice tips.

Check your local schedules
Remember your collection timetable is likely to be slightly disrupted over the festive season. Check your schedules in advance so you know which bin to put out and when. This way there is less chance of you getting caught out by missing a collection and ending up with extra material hanging around your house.

Christmas contamination
At the MRF we do see an increase in contamination levels over the holidays. But there are things that you can do to get the best out of your recyclables.

If your general waste bin is full, please don’t use the recycling bin as an ‘overflow’. Food waste and dirty nappies play a huge part in contaminating otherwise perfectly good loads, so we encourage residents to avoid placing items like these in their recycling bins.

Other things like fairy lights, children’s toys, clothes and Christmas trees also make it to our MRF from time-to-time. These are items that we can’t process at the facility, so it’s a good idea to check your local authority’s website to see how you can dispose of these items. There may be a council-run bring site that you could stop by at, or if any of the items are in a good condition, why not bag them up and take them to your local charity shop.

Wrap it up!
Gift wrap without too much sellotape or glitter contamination will not be an issue for our MRF, nor will Christmas cards with small amounts of glitter. If you’re still not sure, you could try saving old cards and get creative by turning them into next year’s gift tags!

We wish all of our customers, their friends, family and loved ones a very happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year!