People across North Devon and Torridge are being urged to enjoy Christmas without the waste this year, by shopping smartly and cutting down on the rubbish they produce

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By Bideford People | Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 10:33

With collection date changes and more waste generally created over the festive period, North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are keen to highlight what households can do to cut down on excess rubbish. Once again, this focuses on tips relating to the three 'R's:

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When shopping for Christmas presents, use reusable shopping bags or reuse carrier bags

Use a Christmas stocking instead of wrapping paper for presents

If you use the internet, try sending electronic Christmas cards

Reuse

Use old Christmas cards to make new cards or tags for presents this year

Buy a Christmas tree with roots so that it can be planted in the garden in spring, or buy an artificial Christmas tree that can be used every year

Buy rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones

Recycle

Put all flattened cardboard, from food packaging to Christmas present boxes, into your brown bag, ready for collection

If you have any food waste, put it into your green wheelie bin or kerbside caddy – even the Christmas turkey bones can go in!

If you have a real cut Christmas tree, once the festivities are over chop it up and put it into your green wheelie bin. You can also take it to Devon County Council's recycling centres - for more details Click Here

North Devon's Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: "At Christmas-time, lots of gifts and food will be bought, with a potential for more waste being produced. People in North Devon can do their bit by buying items without the excess packaging. And of course if waste is created, be sure to recycle what you can by using your recycling box and bags. Also, if you have any food leftovers, check out lovefoodhatewaste.com for meal ideas, before putting the remainder in your green wheelie bin or kerbside caddy."

Torridge's Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, Councillor Chris Leather, says: "This is the first Christmas where people in Torridge will be able to put their cardboard into brown bags to be recycled, so we hope households will make use of the service. Even if you can't fit all the cardboard in your brown bag, put it out anyway – we'll still pick it up as part of your Christmas collection. Old batteries can also be recycled in Torridge - just put them in your green boxes. You can also put out waste electronic and small electrical equipment by the side of your green boxes – we'll recycle those in Torridge as well!"

For a full list of what each district council can recycle at the kerbside, and when these collections will take place over the festive period, please Click Here

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