Seasonal tips on avoiding landfill

by chriswhite on January 4, 2013

Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Christmas trees
You can recycle your Christmas tree at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. If the tree is small enough it can go in your green bin. Some garden centres will collect your tree for a small fee, including Aylett Nurseries on 01727 822255.

Christmas cards
You can also recycle your Christmas cards by putting them in specially-marked wheelie-bin containers at:

  • St Albans City and District Council’s offices at the Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street , St Albans
  • Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans
  • Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead
  • Redbourn Parish Council, South Common, Redbourn
  • Marshalswick Community Centre, The Ridgeway, St Albans
  • Jersey Farm Community Centre, St Brelades Place, Jersey Farm, St Albans
  • London Colney Recreation Centre, Perham Way, London Colney
  • London Colney Community Centre, Caledon Road, London Colney
  • St Stephen’s Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, St Albans
  • Greenwood Park Community Centre, Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green
  • Harpenden Swimming Pool, Leyton Road, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden
  • Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden

Christmas food
You can put any food scraps in your green bin wrapped tightly in newspaper or in your home composter. You can also put glass and plastic bottles, jars, clean foil, food and drinks cans, aerosols, newspapers and magazines in your recycling boxes.

Small electrical items

Christmas is a time when a lot of new electronic products are bought as gifts, which often means that old electronic products are no longer wanted. You can recycle small electrical items at

  • St Albans City and District Council’s offices at the Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street , St Albans
  • Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead
  • London Colney Community Centre, Caledon Road, London Colney
  • Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden
  • St Stephens Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, St Albans
  • Greenwood Park Community Centre, Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green

If every household in the UK recycled one electrical or electronic item an estimated 73,500 tonnes of waste could be diverted from landfill. This would save over 65,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions; the same impact as avoiding over 9,500 round-the-world flights.

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