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Date published: 21st December 2016

NNDC is reminding residents to recycle cardboard and paper this Christmas and New Year.

Over Christmas more than 32 square miles of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area twice the size of Norwich! Recycling paper products saves important resources and energy.

Cllr Angie Fitch-Tillett said: “There is so much packaging exchanged and used at Christmas, whether in presents themselves or from your online shopping that arrives well protected. It’s a perfect time to make sure you recycle as much as possible – card, paper, gift bags, cards.

“We all understand how important Christmas is as a time of giving, so let’s give back in another way through our recycling which will mean materials get reused and we save the energy it would take to make brand new products.”

Every year in the UK we need a forest the size of Wales to meet our paper needs while a newspaper can be recycled and back in your hands as another newspaper in just seven days!*

What you can recycle:

  • Christmas cards without glitter;
  • Wrapping paper and gift bags (sticky tape removed) – if you can scrunch them and they stay scrunched, they’re recyclable;
  • Cardboard packaging - flatten to save space, remove any plastic, polystyrene or sticky tape, and keep dry.

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Last updated: 23rd September 2020