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Reduce Waste this Christmas

Reduce Waste this Christmas

Residents of North Yorkshire are reminded that in the run-up to and after Christmas they can still take their recycling, including electrical goods, packaging, batteries and Christmas trees, to their local household waste recycling centre (HWRCs). The County Council’s 20 household waste recycling centres all have containers for reusable items and this year the Reuse Santa campaign is collecting good reusable toys for the No Wrong Door children’s service at every site.

There are many ideas for green alternatives that people might be able to use to benefit the environment in the run-up to and over the holidays or might be able to introduce as a New Year’s resolution. Small changes can have a big impact on waste generation. Simple changes could include using beeswax wraps instead of cling film; buying fruit and veg bags so you can buy loose produce at the supermarket; buying a reusable water bottle or takeaway mug; getting a rechargeable battery charger; using a reusable face covering; and reusable cotton pads/face cloths for make-up removal.

Sites will be open every day except 25 and 26 December and 1 January and every Wednesday. Opening times at this time of year are 8.30am to 4pm. Full details of current restrictions can be found at

To find your nearest household waste recycling centre, visit

Check with your district or borough council for kerbside refuse and recycling collections over Christmas as the days will change over the bank holidays.

If you want to get into home composting for 2021, home compost bins can be bought for £11 each from the household waste recycling centres at Malton, Northallerton, Seamer Carr, Selby, Skipton, West Harrogate and Whitby or ordered directly for home delivery from A wormery is ideal for leftover food waste.

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