Do your bit to cut down on waste

RESIDENTS are being reminded to think green this festive season.

Durham County Council is asking people in east Durham to make an extra effort to reduce the amount of waste they throw away.

It is estimated that around 30 per cent more glass bottles and jars, food and drink cans, paper and cardboard are placed in household waste bins at Christmas.

Residents are offered the following tips to help them cut down on their waste over the next few weeks.

Recycle your Christmas tree by taking it to one of the council’s household waste recycling centres or call 0300 1237070 by Monday, January 9, to arrange for it to be collected.

Make the most of kerbside recycling services and household waste recycling centres by recycling wrapping paper, cards, drinks bottles, cans and cardboard packaging.

Recycle your Christmas cards by putting them in your kerbside recycling box or keep them to use as gift tags next year.

Compost fruit and vegetable peelings and any suitable leftovers that cannot be frozen or reinvented as a different dish.

Swap or donate any unwanted gifts to charity.

For more information about recycling visit or call Durham County Council’s strategic waste team on (0191) 3835674.