Published 10 December 2020
Residents in West Dunbartonshire are being encouraged to do the right thing and recycle their waste in the run up to Christmas and beyond.
Households in the area currently recycle 43.4% of waste throughout the year.
Much of the additional waste created throughout the festive season – including wrapping paper, Christmas cards, food, packaging and even Christmas trees – can be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.
Instead of disposing of these items in the general household waste bin for landfill, residents are being asked to put them in the correct bin to be recycled.
The following can be recycled:
Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Residents in our area are still recycling around 43% of their waste which we are extremely grateful for, but we must get that figure higher.
“Recycling is a great way to help the Council save money which can then be invested in other services and facilities, but it is also better for our environment.
“We can all take small steps to do our bit to having a greener Christmas. Please consider saving wrapping paper, boxes or gift bags to reuse later, and making sure you know how it can be recycled if it can’t be reused.”
Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “I’d encourage all residents to familiarise themselves with which items can be recycled so they can play their part in increasing West Dunbartonshire’s recycling rate.
“Around half of the waste that is deposited in the general household wheelie bin can actually be recycled rather than going to landfill, and you can find out in detail about what items should go in which bin by visiting the Council’s website.
“We all know there is lots of extra waste at Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about recycling.”
The Recycling Centres will be open for the majority of the festive season, only closing on Christmas Day and New Years Day. The hours of operation are 8am – 5.30pm.
Residents should also note slight changes to bin collection days due to Christmas. If your bins are normally collected on Friday 25 December, they will now be collected on Sunday 27 December, and if your bins are normally collected on Friday 1 January, they will now be collected on Sunday 3 January. All other collections remain unaffected.