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Council urges wrapping Christmas presents in plain paper or scarves in eco push

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Eco-friendly Christmas presents are becoming more and more popular
Eco-friendly Christmas presents are becoming more and more popular

RESIDENTS are being urged to be more eco-friendly this year by wrapping their Christmas presents in plain paper or scarves.

Hampshire County Council has suggested alternatives to traditional materials with foil or glitter which it said cannot be recycled and risks adding microplastics to the environment. It also advised buying real Christmas trees which can be turned into chippings.

Cllr Rob Humby, HCC cabinet member for economy, transport and environment, said: “Christmas can traditionally be a time of excess, but we can have an equally good time whilst taking simple steps to reduce wasted food and packaging by planning ahead as we shop.

“We are asking people to remember that extra items bought over the holiday period can be recycled, such as empty biscuit tins, plain brown wrapping paper can be recycled, but wrapping paper with foil or glitter cannot be recycled.”

He added: “It’s also better for the household budget to plan meals and use up leftovers rather than buy too much food only to end up throwing some of it away.

“This year more than ever we have been doing a lot of our Christmas shopping online, so if people end up with extra packaging and their own recycling bin is full, remember that lots of items can be still taken to the nearest household waste recycling centre (HWRC).

“Please take empty glass bottles to local bottle banks or use your kerbside glass collection service where this is available.”

HWRCs in Hampshire will have slots to reserve seven days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Book online www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment

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