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O little town of Enfield prepares for festive splurge

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01 December 2017

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From wrapping paper to left-over turkey and those unwanted socks you’ll never wear, the Christmas season generates an excessive amount of waste from households.


- Enfield Council asks residents to think about their Christmas waste
- Christmas refuse collection dates can be found online
- Food waste to be addressed with weekly festive leftovers recipes
 
From wrapping paper to left-over turkey and those unwanted socks you’ll never wear, the Christmas season generates an excessive amount of waste from households.
 
Enfield Council wants to make it easy for residents to manage the post-Christmas clear up and to help reduce waste in the Borough.
 
Barrowell Green Recycling Centre will be open as usual, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Likewise, the weekly household collection of household waste and recycling materials will continue, though again there may be some changes to the collection day, due to the festive period.
 
The best way to check collection dates is by going online: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/rubbish-and-recycling/household-collections/bin-collections-at-christmas/.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The average household in London will throw out an extra five bags of rubbish during the Christmas period – that’s 29,000 tonnes of waste and a whole lot of Brussels sprouts!
"We want to make it as easy as possible for households to dispose of their waste, but also to recycle. In particular, we would hope that residents will dispose of those extra bags of rubbish responsibly and ethically.”
 
As well as collecting rubbish, Enfield Council will be providing a free pick-up service of Christmas trees. We'd ask residents to put their trees out for collection with their garden waste on their usual collection day. However, trees over six feet tall should instead be taken to the various parks around the Borough where such trees are collected. This service will run until 7 January 2018. Please check our website for participating parks.
 
Food waste can of course go into green bins as well, but Enfield Council would like everyone to think of ways of reducing food waste. There are some fantastic ideas at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to make good use of leftovers and Enfield Council’s Facebook page will also be featuring some simple recipes throughout December.
 
Some wrapping paper cannot be recycled, particularly the shiny kind or wrapping decorated with glitter so instead consider wrapping your gifts with alternative means, such as newspaper, which can be recycled. Watch out for Enfield Council’s YouTube videos on upcycling, including our seasonal wrapping edition!
 
Don’t forget your blue-lidded bin can take rinsed-out glass bottles and tins, card and paper. Go to www.enfield.gov.uk/recycling to find all the information you need.
 
Unfortunately, many unwanted gifts end up being dumped in the bin. Please consider other ways of disposing of your unwanted presents and do not throw clothes or shoes into your blue-lidded bin. There are many charities who would love to have clothes, toys and other things you don’t need or want. For unwanted electrical goods, you can organise a free collection service from Clearabee, while the British Heart Foundation will take bulkier items and some white goods that are in good working order.