Bin collections will be disrupted over the Christmas holidays with some moved to Saturday.
West Norfolk Council says collections are normal up to and including Christmas Eve and that there will be no collections on December 25 and 26 with the binmen returning to their rounds on Friday, December 27.
Brian Long, cabinet member for environment, said: “All the Christmas collection dates were published on the calendars that were issued to households earlier this year. If anyone has lost theirs, they can go to the borough council’s website www.west-norfolk.gov.uk and put their postcode into the ‘Find my nearest’ search function on the front page.
“This will enable them to see when their collection is due to take place. For some people, collections may take place on a Saturday, so it is definitely worth checking.
“We are delighted that we won’t need to miss any recycling collections this year, black and green bins will be emptied on the same fortnightly pattern with food waste being collected on the same day as either your green bin or your black bin.”
“If anyone would like a new calendar they should contact our contractors Kier on 01553 776676.”
Mr Long said, “We want people to eat, drink and be merry this Christmas, but we also want them to think about the food they waste. Making a list before shopping can make a huge difference to the amount of food wasted and the Lovefoodhatewaste.com website has loads of tips on how to make the most of your leftovers.
“If you do have food waste that you can’t eat, please remember that you can put all kinds of leftovers into your caddy including peelings, cooked meat and vegetables, bones, teabags, eggshells and so on.
“That way it can be turned into compost rather than going straight into landfill with the general rubbish.”
Real Christmas trees can be turned into chippings at one of the council’s free shredding events in January. These are held on Saturday January 11, 9am–12 noon, Hunstanton Recreation Ground car park, King’s Lynn Road, Hunstanton 1-3, Gaywood Plant Nursery, Gayton Road, Lynn. Sunday, January 12, 9am–12 noon King’s Lynn Football Club car park, Tennyson Avenue, Lynn.
People can choose to take the chippings home for use in their own gardens, as long as they bring a suitable container to take them away in, or the chippings can be left for the council’s grounds team to use in public parks and gardens.
Christmas cards, wrapping paper and envelopes cannot be put in the green recycling bins as often they contain metallic finishes, glitter and glue which clog up the recycling mill during processing. Cards can be taken to Norfolk County Council’s household recycling centre where they can be recycled alongside wrapping paper, shredded paper, envelopes and waxed drinks containers. For more information please visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk.
Empty glass bottles and jars can also be recycled at the nearest Community Recycling Point or at one of Norfolk County Council’s household recycling centres. People can use the ‘Find My Nearest’ search facility to locate recycling points near them.
If weather is likely to cause a disruption to the bin collection service, updates will be posted on the council’s website and announced on Twitter. People can follow the council on Twitter @WestNorfolkBC