Scrunch it to sort Christmas wrapping paper, say Norfolk waste officials
People in West Norfolk are being asked to do a scrunch test on their wrapping paper this Christmas to make sure the right things go in the right bins.
The Scrunch It To Sort It initiative has been launched by the county's waste partnership.
It aims to get foil paper, glitter and sticky tape, which would contaminate reusable paper, out of recycling bins.
Officials say that if a piece of wrapping paper can be recycled if it remains scrunched up after the test, but not if it bounces back.
The test can also be applied to products such as crisp packets and bags.
Partnership chairman John Fisher, pictured with West Norfolk Council environment portfolio holder Ian Devereux, said: “Christmas is a busy time of year and we know recycling might be the last thing on people’s minds.
“This an easy and fun way of finding out if your wrapping paper can be recycled – you can get the whole family involved when clearing up after the presents have been opened.”
Items including mince pie boxes, plastic trays and foil tins, glass bottles, plastic bottles, Christmas cards, cardboard boxes and toy packaging, cardboard chocolate and biscuit boxes and their inner trays can also be recycled.