Keep glitter and wrapping paper out of the recycling this Christmas

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Keep glitter and wrapping paper out of the recycling this Christmas

While local residents might want to do their bit for the planet, Lincolnshire Waste Partnership has advised to keep glitter items and wrapping paper out of their recycling bins.

Glittery Christmas cards

In a bid to keep Lincolnshire’s recycling as clean as possible, the Lincolnshire councils are joining forces to remind residents, as in previous years, to put their Christmas wrapping paper and anything with glitter on, in the waste bin.

Cllr Eddy Poll, Chairman of the Waste Partnership, said: “On Christmas Day, in homes across the county, families will have huge amounts of used wrapping paper – usually with lots of sticky tape, gift tags and bows attached, and it can be difficult to know whether it can be recycled or not. To make it simple for residents, we are saying, please put it all in the waste bin.

“We are keen to encourage people to recycle, but we need good quality items in the recycling bins which we can process efficiently and effectively.”

Wrapping paper

“We know that most wrapping paper can’t be recycled, due to the complex materials within it, and the glitter can causes real problems clogging up machinery and contaminating recycled paper, which could then end up going to landfill,” said Eddy.

“We’re keen to recycle as much of our waste as possible and keeping wrapping paper and glittery card out of the recycling bin helps us achieve that.”

The Partnership is also reminding residents to keep food waste, including turkey carcasses, custard and old pizza slices out of the recycling bins.