Festive rubbish collections in Ribble Valley

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RESIDENTS in the Ribble Valley are advised of changes to recycling and refuse collection over the festive period.

Anyone who would normally have their collection on December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th or 30th will have it one day later.

There will be no refuse collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and no green waste collection during the week beginning Monday, December 26th.

Refuse will be collected as normal during the weeks beginning December 19th and January 2nd.

Christmas trees will be collected from the week beginning Monday, January 9th. Trees should be chopped up and placed inside green bins, or for households not on the green wheeled bin service, tied up and left with blue bins or lilac sacks.

Christmas wrap, cards and cardboard can be left with white sacks, although there will be no white sack collections on December 26th. Collections scheduled for December 26th will be collected on December 31st. Other Christmas waste can be taken to the Henthorn Household Waste Recycling Centre in Clitheroe and the Chapel Hill Household Waste Recycling Centre in Longridge.

More information is available from www.ribblevalley.gov.uk or 01200 425111.

Fact Panel

Over Christmas, Britons will eat more than 175 million mince pies. Their foil cases can be recycled.

More than 19,000 tonnes of turkey will be consumed over Christmas, much of it packaged in recyclable foil trays.

Over five million extra canned drinks will be consumed over Christmas. Recycling one aluminium drink can saves enough energy to run a set of Christmas tree lights for two hours.

Over eight million real Christmas trees will be bought in Britain over Christmas, the majority of which will be thrown away, generating 160,000 tonnes of waste equating to 21 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower.

An estimated 500 tonnes of Christmas tree lights are discarded in the UK every Christmas, but all waste electrical equipment can be recycled at household waste recycling centres.

The UK will consume 5.5 million jars of mincemeat, 12 million jars of pickles and 6.5 million jars of cranberries. Recycling the jars would save enough energy to boil the water for 60 million cups of tea.

Over 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will be thrown away in the UK over Christmas. Wrapping paper can be shredded, recycled or even used to clean windows.