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We'd like to give a big, warm, festive thanks to everyone who has used our services over the last year. We can't even count how many wheelie bins we supplied in 2015 (it's logged down somewhere but we're a bit busy with some mince pies right now), and it's amazing to know that so many customers are benefiting from the highest quality waste management solutions.
Now it's time to sit back and relax for a few days with a glass of Buck's Fizz and a tin (or two) of Quality Street. However, if you're one of those who can't chill out for more than a day, below are some tips for making this festive season as green as possible.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Wheelie Bins. See you in 2016!
-- Check the website of your local council to see if they can recycle wrapping paper, as most kinds contain glitter and fibres that are unsuitable for pulping.
-- Find a place that accepts used Christmas trees. Rather than sending it to the dump, there may be a company that can turn your tree into wood chippings.
-- Don't pour fats and oils down the sink. Instead, leave the substances to solidify, then scrape them into your food recycling caddy.
-- Christmas can be hectic but don't take this as an excuse to cut corners when it comes to recycling; use each bin as effectively as you do during the rest of the year.
-- If you receive a gift that you really don't like, donate it to charity in January (providing the person who gave you it won't find out).
-- Rather than throwing paper plates and napkins into the rubbish bin, add them to the compost heap.
-- Most local authorities no longer accept plastic bags for recycling, as they clog up the machinery. Now that the 5p bag charge is in place, try to take a "bag for life" everywhere you go, and put any plastic bags you don't need into the general waste bin.
-- If you're having a few people round for Christmas and New Year, consider placing a recycling bin in the lounge or corridor, as this will encourage guests to tidy up after themselves in an environmentally friendly way.
-- Most importantly, recharge your own batteries by having fun, getting plenty of rest and spending time with loved ones. :-)