Christmas recycling

by Mike Isle

Very little beats the excitement of unwrapping Christmas presents. However, the wrapping itself and the amount of product packaging at this time of the year can be a bit of problem.

Fortunately, the Selwyn District Council has a way of getting rid of that extra Christmas waste.

The council is encouraging residents to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by making sure we dispose of season recyclables responsibly.

Christmas gift wrapping, they say, can be recycled, though not if it is foil wrap. Cardboard packaging is also recyclable and can go in the bin.

What can’t go in the bin, the council warns, are toys, clothes, polystyrene, drinking glasses and crockery.

“Remember, if it is not listed on the sticker underneath the bin lid, then don’t put it in the bin,” a council spokesperson said.

A full list of what can and can’t be recycled is on the council’s website Selwyn.govt.nz/rubbish or phoning 03 347 2857.

Council also advises that rubbish and recycling collections scheduled for Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25) will take place on Saturday, December 22.

All other collection days will be as normal.

The Pines Resource Recovery Park at Rolleston is also open most days over the holidays, including the weekends, and has a drop-off area where most recyclables can be disposed of for free. Check selwyn.govt.nz/pines for opening hours.