Derby City Council explains what waste can be recycled this Christmas

Derby City Council has told residents what can and can’t be recycled after their Christmas celebrations.

The council put together some waste management tips to debunk myths on recycling and reduce waste from people in the city.

It encouraged residents to dispose of Christmas waste responsibly, but warned that not everything people expect to be recyclable actually is.

For example, glittery and foiled wrapping paper, as well as paper with plastic film covering, cannot be recycled.

Instead, the council has advised residents to wrap presents in plain or recycled papers, or put them in reusable gift bags, to be more sustainable.

Those unsure of what paper can be recycled have been told to do the “scrunch test” to find out.

Christmas cards with “fancy decorations” are also difficult to dispose of, with the council asking people to remove any embellishments and glittery areas before putting cards in the recycling bin.

It has also encouraged residents to take batteries to battery recycling points, which are available in most supermarkets.

The council warned that putting batteries in wheelie bins could cause fires.

As well as promoting recycling, Derby City Council has asked people to compost old food and plant waste.

Christmas trees with a trunk less than 12cm thick can be chopped down and put in the brown recycling bin for composting.

Old vegetable peelings can also be thrown in the brown bin or used to feed garden plants.

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