Merton Council calls for rubbish reduction promise

In a call for people to reduce the amount of rubbish they generate this Christmas, Merton Council is hosting a series of Christmas recycling roadshows.

At the roadshows, the council is asking residents to make a pledge this Christmas to reduce the amount of rubbish they generate during the festive season. Residents can also pin a promise to the Christmas tree made by children at Merton Abbey Primary School. This will be in the Civic Centre for two weeks from 10 December.

Visitors to each of the five roadshows will receive a free reusable shopping bag and can enter the prize draw to win a luxury fairtrade food hamper, an organic box of vegetables, one of 15 family funday tickets, or one of three pairs of cinema tickets.

The council will be offering ideas on reducing rubbish including the following:
· Give gifts with the least amount of packaging possible such as an activity, sport or trip out
· Recycle Christmas cards and packaging
· Compost uneaten food
· Recycle the Christmas tree

Councillor Tariq Ahmad said: “According to WRAP, a billion Christmas cards and about 83 km2 of wrapping paper could end up in bins across the UK during the festive season. Along with the 8 million Christmas trees due to be thrown away, it is estimated that the festive period will result in three million tonnes of waste nationwide.

‘Here in Merton we are asking people to take a few minutes to stop and think about what they throw away. It is important that the Council does all it can to make recycling easier for residents. That is why, for example, we are undertaking a food waste trial and supporting the calls for a London-wide ban on plastic bags. There is a simple, yet highly effective step all Merton’s residents can take, by taking responsibility for reducing the amount of waste they generate whilst increasing the amount they recycle. Merton aims to be the lead Council on recycling and we need all residents fully on board to achieve this goal.’

The roadshow dates and locations are as follows:

10 December Civic Centre Morden 2.00pm – 4.00pm
11 December Sainsbury’s Superstore Colliers Wood 12.00 – 2.00pm
17 December Mitcham Town Centre Mitcham 9.30am-11.30am
18 December Wimbledon Piazza Wimbledon 4.00pm-6.00pm
20 December Wimbledon Piazza Wimbledon 11.00am-2.30pm

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Note to editors:
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often, helping to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emiss