ASHBOURNE households are being urged to make a special effort to be eco-conscious this Christmas.
Extra household waste is just one of the by-products from the holiday season, which is why Derbyshire County Council is asking everyone to have a ‘green’ festive period.
Councillor Joan Dixon said: “We’re urging people to make a special effort to try and minimise the amount of waste going to landfill over Christmas.
“By just doing a few things differently our combined efforts can really make a difference.
“Hopefully these new habits will be carried into the New Year and we can all work together to help make Derbyshire even greener than it already is.”
The council has a number of helpful hints to help households have a greener Christmas.
When shopping for presents and food use reusable shopping bags or re-use old carrier bags.
Reduce waste by composting winter vegetable peelings, tea bags and clean cardboard.
Make full use of kerbside recycling services and remember to check for changes to the regular service days over the holiday.
Eight million Christmas trees are sold in the UK each year and real Christmas trees can be taken for disposal at the town’s recycling centre on Mayfield Road, or placed in the garden waste collection bin.
The only days the centre is closed are Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
Buying presents that have recycled content is another way to do your bit, and Ashbourne has numerous gift shops with items made from recycled materials, such as glass tableware, stationery or photo frames.
An easy way to save money and be kinder to the planet is by sending electronic Christmas cards
Old working electrical items and furniture that has been replaced with new can be donated to Encore Reuse on Mayfield Road.
Think about buying waste-free gifts like theatre, cinema or concert tickets.
Instead of buying Christmas decorations let the children make their own with last year’s cards and wrapping paper.
Social groups can hold a give and take event in the New Year for members to swap unwanted Christmas gifts.
Finally, make a New Year’s resolution to carry on with waste reduction, reuse and recycling efforts.
More information and ideas are available online at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk