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New Nottinghamshire recycling checker takes the guesswork out of recycling this Christmas

Nottinghamshire residents are urged to use the Recycling Checker this season and recycle right.

Nottinghamshire residents are expected to produce 30% more waste this festive season, than at any other time of the year. To help reduce the impact of this extra waste, Nottinghamshire County Council and Veolia, the county’s waste and recycling partner, are asking residents to make sure they recycle right this Christmas.

From food to gift shopping, the increase in consumption associated with festive season waste is staggering. In the UK alone, there will be enough wrapping paper thrown away to stretch all the way to the moon. A whopping 17.2 million sprouts will also be thrown in the bin and 150 million cards will be sent, many of which cannot be recycled.*

To better manage this waste, Nottinghamshire residents are being urged to download the MyNotts app and use the Recycling Checker.

The Recycling Checker is simple to use; residents just need to enter their postcode into the app, along with the item that they want to recycle and it will tell them either which bin to put it in or if they need to take it to one of the 12 recycling centres across the county. The Recycling Checker allows users to search thousands of items including seasonal products like squirty cream canisters, aluminium foil and beer cans to help them understand if they can be recycled or if they need to be disposed of in another way.

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Wrapping paper and Christmas cards that contain foil and glitter, Christmas trees, and unwanted or broken electrical items including Christmas tree lights, can all be recycled at the recycling centres.

Items like drinks cans, food tins, aerosols, paper, cardboard and plastic bottles and bottle tops, yoghurt pots and margarine tubs can all be recycled in your recycling bin at home – just make sure that they are empty, clean and loose.

Steven Newman, General Manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire, says: “We are looking forward to the holiday season this year and being able to meet family and friends again. We want residents to enjoy themselves. However, as a county, we generate tonnes of rubbish and we all need to work together to give a gift to the planet and recycle right. Collectively we can all make a difference and have a much greater impact on our environment.”

Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council, says: “The new Recycling Checker that is available on the MyNotts App is really a gift that keeps on giving. If you have any doubts about the items you are recycling then checking is just a tap away. It’s so important that we get recycling right as costly mistakes not only impact residents but also impact the planet. We wish all our residents a green as well as joyful Christmas!”

Here are Nottinghamshire’s top tips for recycling right this Christmas:

Recycle that cardboard!

A lot of Christmas gifts will be delivered in recyclable cardboard packaging. It’s estimated that we could make a cardboard motorway stretching from Nottinghamshire to Lapland and back – 111 times – with all the card packaging we use at Christmas. Make sure you flatten cardboard and put it in your recycling bin to keep it dry and place the other packaging such as bubble wrap and polystyrene in your general waste bin.

Scrunch-test your wrapping paper!

Did you know, paper or cards with glitter and/or foil can’t be recycled? The scrunch test is a helpful way to test whether your Christmas wrapping paper is recyclable. Scrunch the paper in your hand and if it stays in a ball, it can be put into the recycling bin. Remember to remove sellotape, ribbons, bows and other adornments before sticking it in the recycling bin.

Don’t bin the festive fairy lights!

Fairy lights and other electronic Christmas decorations may be classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). These items must not be put in kerbside waste bins but disposed of at designated sites such as household waste recycling centres. All 12 of Nottinghamshire’s recycling centres will be taking such WEEE.

Don’t be a turkey this Christmas

Who doesn’t love leftovers? Christmas dinner stays fresh for at least a few days after the big event and for months or more if you put it in the freezer. You can freeze cooked turkey and use it to make a new meal; if you’re sick of turkey and cranberry sandwiches, why not be creative and try making a turkey curry? Recipes can be found on the Veolia website.

Check batteries are not in the bin!

Hidden batteries in electricals or packaging can start fires when crushed in recycling and rubbish lorries so must not be placed in the kerbside bins at home. Batteries are hidden in many new gifts so don’t throw them away. Make sure you recycle them separately at one of the 12 recycling centres.

To become a recycling star join us in downloading the MyNotts App and use the Recycling Checker on the app to tell you exactly what you can recycle in your area.

The 12 Recycling Centres across Nottinghamshire will be running normal winter opening hours from 8am until 4pm every day. All the centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Full information on the wide range of items that can be taken to the sites, can be found on the County Council website: 

Recycling Centre Locations

  • Beeston Recycling Centre – Lilac Grove, Beeston, NG9 1PF
  • Bilsthorpe Recycling Centre –  Brailwood Road, Bilsthorpe, NG22 8UA
  • Calverton Recycling Centre –  Hollinwood Lane, Calverton, NG14 6NR
  • Giltbrook Recycling Centre –  Gilthill, Giltbrook, NG16 2HR
  • Hucknall Recycling Centre –  Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, NG15 5SZ
  • Kirkby Recycling Centre – Sidings Road, Lowmoor Industrial Estate, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, NG17 7JZ
  • Mansfield Recycling Centre –  Kestral Park, Kestral Road, Mansfield, NG18 5FT
  • Newark Recycling Centre –  Brunel Drive, Newark, NG24 2EG
  • Retford Recycling Centre –  Hallcroft Road, Retford,DN22 7LE
  • Warsop Recycling Centre – Oakfield Lane, Warsop, NG20 0JG
  • West Bridgford Recycling Centre –  Rugby Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7HA
  • Worksop Recycling Centre –  Shireoaks Road, Worksop, S80 3HA


*Stats are courtesy of WRAP

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