“It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid.”
Paul Young famously sang those lyrics at the start of Band Aid in 1984, but they also relate to how we manage our waste and rubbish over the festive period.
Collections are not being staged on December 26 or 27 this year, in line with the usual practice that sees Christmas Day, Boxing Day or the equivalent bank holidays not worked by our refuse collections (in recognition of the fact they work all other public holidays).
This means that people with collections on the affected days will miss a weekly household rubbish cycle – which leads to concerns about what to do with waste their households generate.
But as with the Band Aid lyric, there is no need to be afraid if you consider these top tips:
- Prioritise food waste in your bin and make sure you recycle absolutely everything you can (Here is a video explaining what can be recycled in your blue-lid bin in Birmingham)
- Double bag all food waste, tie it tightly, and put it in your bin. This will reduce the risk of leakage
- Try to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever you can. We’ve created a video advent calendar of top Christmas tips, which is well worth a few minutes of your time
- If possible, consider taking any excess waste to your nearest Household Recycling Centre. They are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day
- Don’t be tempted to fly-tip any excess waste as an alternative. The council has a zero tolerance approach and does prosecute whenever it has the evidence to do so.
Merry Christmas to one and all!