Dreaming of green Christmas?

Think green this Christmas by making use of Merton Council’s Recycle from Home scheme, local recycling banks and the Reuse and Recycling Centre off Garth Road, Morden, to dispose of your festive waste.

Over the festive season we create around 10 per cent more rubbish than any other time of the year. However Christmas cards, wrapping paper, glass, plastic bottles and cans can all be recycled and avoid sending extra waste to landfill sites.

Merton Council’s waste service team have the following tips:
– Use the green box to recycle from home wrapping paper, glass wine and beer bottles and glass jars mincemeat or cranberry jars
– Use the purple box to recycle from home Christmas cards, cardboard packaging, food or drink cans and plastic bottles
– Alternatively take recycling to the Reuse and Recycling Cente or nearest recycling bank
– Make a festive fertiliser by composting Brussels sprout trimmings and carrot tops
– Use rechargeable batteries in Christmas toys to avoid contributing to the millions of batteries that are sent to landfill sites each year
– By Christmas presents from recycled goods.
Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for environmental quality, said: “Set yourself a New Year resolution to think of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in 2005 and keep your refuse bins empty. The council’s successful Recycle from Home scheme makes it just as easy to recycle as to binning waste so there are no excuses.”

Please be aware that Merton’s household refuse and recycling collections have changed for a four week period over Christmas and New Year. Visit http://www.merton.gov.uk, phone 020 8274 4902 or see your latest issue of My Merton for details.

The Reuse and Recycling Centre off Garth Road, Morden, is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day only. The weighbridge for trade waste and vehicles other than cars is also closed on the associated bank holidays.
For more information on recycling in Merton visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/recycling or call 020 8274 4902.


Claire Bartlett
Senior Press & PR Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327