A CAMPAIGN has begun to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill this Christmas.
Hampshire County Council is sending out the message of the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.
Councillor Leslie Keeble, chairman of the Project Integra Strategic Board, Hampshire’s waste scheme, said: ‘Christmas is always a busy time of the year with lots to prepare, even before the big day gets under way.
‘Everything seems to come in its own special packaging so if your own recycling bin starts to overflow don’t forget you can also recycle lots of items at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or recycling bank for glass bottles and other materials.
‘To cope with the expected increase in recycling over the Christmas period, local councils will be emptying bottle banks more frequently ahead of the post-Christmas rush.’
He added: ‘There’s lots of things that can now be recycled through your usual kerbside recycling collection, such as Christmas cards – but not ones with excessive glitter or foil – and cardboard packaging, as well as the normal items like plastic bottles, newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, envelopes, food tins, drink cans and empty aerosols.
‘But no gift wrap please, as it’s often layered with foil and plastic and covered in sticky tape or ribbons, none of which can be recycled.’
People are being advised to take their used Christmas trees to recycling centres.