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All that glitters, is not gold

Created on 19/12/2016 @ 07:02
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As if recycling wasn’t confusing enough, Welshpool consumers are being asked to take extra care when chucking out their cards this Christmas.

A note for our readers from Powys County Council educates us that cards covered in glitter cannot be recycled as they can cause issues in the recycling process.

The advice is to remove all glitter first, and then to bung in the box.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “With so much happening at Christmas, it’s a good opportunity to take a breath and consider how we can maximize our recycling efforts. Get the family involved in spotting any paper and card that can be recycled – while buying or unwrapping presents or planning the Christmas meal.

“If householders recycle everything that they can by using their recycling boxes and food caddy, then they are reducing the amount of waste they are putting in their wheeled bin. By doing this, not only are householders helping us meet Welsh Government recycling targets but they are also helping our environment.”

Concerned about not recycling properly? Here are some top tips for recycling commonly wasted paper and card at Christmas in the right way:

Gifts galore

• Christmas cards that don’t have glitter on are recyclable (glitter causes issues in the recycling process as it can’t be removed). So remember to tear off any glitter sections or non-paper items like badges and batteries.

• With wrapping paper and gift bags there is the super handy scrunch test: if you scrunch it and it doesn’t spring back, then it can be recycled – sorted!

• Cardboard packaging, including that from online shopping, can be recycled. Simply flatten to save space and remove any plastic or polystyrene. If possible don’t leave it out in the rain– if cardboard is wet then mould sets in meaning it can’t be recycled.

A little goes a long way

• Toilet roll tubes often get forgotten but it’s easy and worthwhile to recycle them.

Eat, drink and be merry

• Once you’re done stuffing your face with Christmas pud don’t forget that the card sleeve it came in can be recycled

• When the epic kitchen clean-up is done, remember those dishwasher tablet boxes can be put in with your recycling

And if in doubt…

• If you’re not sure if something is made of paper or cardboard and is recyclable – then it probably isn’t!

• Tissues, kitchen roll, wet wipes and cotton wool all need to be put in the rubbish bin

For more information about your local recycling scheme, including details of collection dates over the Christmas and New Year period visit or go to

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