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Harrogate residents urged to check Christmas and New Year waste and recycling dates

Harrogate residents are urged to check Christmas and New Year waste and recycling dates as this year there will be changes.

Harrogate district residents are being urged to check Christmas and New Year waste and recycling dates as this year there will be changes - starting this week. Collections between next Monday (20th December) and Monday 27th December will be earlier and collections from Tuesday 28th December until Friday 14th January will be later. Collection dates can be found below: There will be no collections on 27th December and 28th December 2021 or 3rd January 2022. Normal service will resume on 17th January 2022. During the festive period, more waste is produced than any other time of year and a lot of it can be recycled or reused. So the borough council are urging resident to recycle all that they can this Christmas. Councillor Andy Paraskos, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment, waste reduction and recycling, said:

"It may not be the number one priority for some residents during the festive period. But this year there will be changes to waste and recycling collections the week’s commencing 20 December, 27 December, 3 January and 10 January. "Some collections will be earlier so I’d urge residents to check their and ensure it is presented before 7am on collection day. "I’d also like to encourage residents to recycle as much as possible by checking what can and can’t be recycled and by following our helpful tips."
Below is a reminder about some of those extra seasonal items that residents can recycle: Blue bags Christmas cards, envelopes and Christmas crackers (but not if they are metallic or have glitter on them) Wrapping paper must pass the 'scrunch test' (if you scrunch the paper in your hand and it stays in a ball, you can put it in your blue bag) Brown cardboard and corrugated cardboard packaging from online deliveries, toys and large electrical items (please remove all plastic packaging and labels first, then flatten and cut down the cardboard to ensure it fits in your blue bag) Christmas catalogues and brochures Black boxes Recycle the foil from your mince pies and turkey (please remember to rinse and remove any bits of food first) Glass food jars and glass bottles (any colour and rinsed out) Plastic bottles, cardboard food and drinks cartons and drinks cans (all washed and squashed) Light coloured plastic packaging and plastic food trays (please remember to rinse and remove any bits of food first) The council don't usually accept materials that won't fit in a black box or blue bag (known as 'side waste'), but to help with all the extra stuff from Christmas, they will take extra recycling at this time of the year. Residents will need to put any extra items for recycling in a clear plastic bag(s) – one bag for paper/cardboard and a separate bag for plastics, glass, cans and cartons – so the crew can easily see what's inside. Anyone who is unsure of their waste and recycling collection dates can visit: www.harrogate.gov.uk/inmyarea. Alternatively, information including opening hours and how to keep safe this festive period can be found at: www.harrogate.gov.uk/christmas. Items that can’t be recycled the kerbside – including electrical items and toys – can be taken to one of the three household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in the district. These can be found at: Harrogate HWRC, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG3 1DE Ripon HWRC, Dallamires Crescent, Dallamires Lane, Ripon, HG4 1TT West Harrogate HWRC, Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate, HG3 2SN Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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