Recycling’s no trick; in fact it’s a real treat for the environment!

Published: Monday, 29 October 2018

Northampton Borough Council and their recycling and waste collections partner Veolia are reminding residents that there’s no need to put a curse on the environment this Halloween.

Why not make a Halloween costume that won’t spook the planet using old clothes?  It’s a great alternative to buying a costume in store. And don’t forget,  if you can’t reuse your costumes next year, they can also be recycled at the kerbside by putting them in your clear textile recycling bags.  But remember, those wigs and plastic masks are too scary for our teams to collect as they aren’t the right material.  Try donating them to your local charity shop for someone else to use next year.

Once those ghoulishly carved pumpkins have done a good amount of scaring, banish them to your food waste caddy.  For delicious recipes to make use of those pumpkin carvings, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

It’s easy for waste to quickly mount up from the masses of packaging used for sweet wrappers and decorations that are thrown away once those spells have been cast.  But rather than put them in those creepy black bins or green sacks, why not put them to good use in your recycling containers?!Remember to remove any Sellotape, ribbons, string or pins first.  

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: ‘We hope all residents and children that take part in Halloween have a great and spooky time.  It’s easy to recycle using the Borough’s kerbside collection system, and residents that make sure they are recycling the right things ensure that waste is not sent to the evil waste graveyard that is landfill.’

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia said: ‘Residents are doing a great job of recycling their waste, and we want to thank them for it.  After Halloween when there seems to be lots of tidying up to do, it may seem easier to throw everything in the one bag.  But by taking a few minutes to put the right thing in the right bin, bag or box, it means that there is less waste sent to landfill which is great news for the environment.  Recycling needn’t be scary.’

Residents can find out further information on what goes where, by visiting the Council’s website: www.northampton.gov.uk/recycling