J&B Recycling is offering some tips and urging people to think about their recycling as we gear up for the busiest period of the year.
Over the Christmas period we generate 30% more waste than usual, and a higher percentage ends up in the recycling bins over the holidays than during the rest of the year.
J&B Recycling will sort through thousands of extra tonnes of cardboard, glass bottles and other packaging.
Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, said: “The remit for our business is to recycle as much as possible, Christmas time is always a challenge because of the sheer volumes of waste produced - that’s where the public and our customers can help.”
One of the most common mistakes J&B finds in the recycling bins around this time of the year is gift wrap. Much of the glossy or laminated wrapping paper can’t be recycled, neither can many of the ribbons. Only paper gift wrap can be recycled.
Its straight forward to check, try to scrunch up the paper into a ball. If it scrunches, and stays scrunched, it can probably be recycled. If it bounces back, then it definitely cannot.
If you've bought recycled wrapping paper in the first place, it can most likely be recycled again.
Remove any plastic bags and polystyrene from inside cardboard boxes before putting them in the recycling bin.
The UK throws away more than 4 million tonnes of perfectly edible food during December, which is a huge waste of the energy, water and packaging used in its production, transportation and storage.
Unless the council or in the case of businesses, your contractor, provides separate dedicated food waste caddies or bins put food waste in the general waste bin not the mixed recycling bin.
J&B can provide a food waste only collection for businesses via dedicated wheelie bins or in bulk.
If you do have a separate food waste service make sure you use it as this is the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to dispose of food waste.
Lots of old electrical goods are thrown out at Christmas as people receive new gifts, particularly items such as hair driers, radios and TVs. These should never go in general waste bins.
J&B can provide a range of collection services to businesses for WEEE for recycling in a safe, authorised, and environmentally acceptable manner. This can include large appliances such as computers, monitors and TVs or small appliances such as bulbs, tubes and lamps, and batteries.
Cards are fine to go in your recycling bin, as long as they do not contain glitter; this can harm the recycling process.
Opt for card-only material when buying Christmas cards and be sure to pop them in your recycling bin for J&B to collect after the festivities.
There is a huge number of mixed glass thrown out around Christmas time, with households, bars and pubs producing a substantial amount of glass bottle waste around the festive period.
At home If you’re having a party don’t tuck your empties inside the cardboard boxes and put them in the recycling, make sure they are separated and go into the right bin so that the sorting machines can do their work. Also, avoid using bottles and cans as ashtrays or for chewing gum.
J&B provides a glass-only collection service to over 900 business premises, including the hospitality trade, plus bring bank a to local authorities for glass bottles and jars. Plus we process thousands of tonnes of kerbside collected glass and mixed recyclables including glass
If you would like to know more on recycling your waste this Christmas, contact J&B Recycling on 01429 241002 or visit: jbrecycling.co.uk