Christmas is a time of family, festivities and fun, but it can also be a time of recycling, reusing and excess refuse due to the vast amounts of waste that are created at this special time of the year.
From wrapping paper to packaging, it all needs to end up somewhere, so here is a handy guide to ensure you dispose of your waste on time and in the correct way, so you don’t end up with a ‘rubbish’ Christmas.
Ensure you put your bins out on time and on the correct day, by visiting the Borough of Poole’s website www.poole.gov.uk/bins and using their personalised ‘Bin Collection Day Finder’ by putting your postcode into their search engine. Not only will that give you a handy reminder of the days the black and blue bins go out, but it will also let you know whether your usual bin collection day has been changed. You can also download and print the ‘recycling and refuse bin calendar’ to display in your house so you don’t forget to put the rubbish out.
Plenty of Christmas waste can be recycled, including wrapping paper that isn’t plastic or foil, aluminium foil from all those mince pies that you’ll be eating, cans and glass bottles from the festive merriment, and general plastic and cardboard items. But if the rubbish still overflows, then the Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling Centre will be open 7 days a week to take your excess, with the only closures being on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day.
New to you, the Borough of Poole’s reclaim shop located in their Cabot Lane Depot, will be shut on 22 and 29 December to give the volunteers a well-deserved rest. It will be open again in the New Year on Saturday 5 January from 9am to 1pm. They not only sell furniture, crockery and bric-a-brac etc. to the general public, but they also support community groups and local residents in need. More information is available at www.poole.gov.uk/newtoyou.
And when the pine needles are falling from your trees and they’re looking a bit sorry for themselves, there are a few different ways you can dispose of them. Upton Country Park will be accepting old trees between 26 December and 6 January; the Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling Centre will accept your trees everyday they are open; or for a small donation, the charity Diverse Abilities – that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities across Dorset – is organising a Christmas tree collection service undertaken by volunteers on the 5-7 January 2019. Visit https://diverseabilities.org.uk/trees/ to see if your area is covered for collection and to book your tree in.
For all your Christmas information, please visit www.poole.gov.uk/christmas-and-new-year/