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CUTTING DOWN ON WASTE

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December 28, 2010

Christmas! A time of goodwill and celebration, often accompanied by seasonal increases in eating, drinking and spending. If all goes well this combination should result in a lot of fun, but it will also result in an estimated 3 million tonnes of waste.

Make a REAL difference this festive season, please remember to recycle all your plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars and cans by using your local recycling bank.  With a bit of thought you can limit the impact you have on the environment this Christmas and still have a great time.  Remember the 3 R’s!

Please remember that we still need your organic waste to feed the digester! Make good use of your organic bin, put all your food preparation scraps and leftovers in it.  Correct separation is vital.  The digester  produces around 1500 tonnes of compost each year, which the Comhairle uses instead of more valuable topsoil in landfill restoration and other projects.

The anaerobic digester at Creed Park is fully operational, producing a significant amount of electricity each year.  From July 2009 to June 2010, it produced nearly 400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is enough electricity to run a standard 1-bar heater for over 45 years or light 100 x 15W low energy bulbs for over 30 years!

REDUCE
Send e-cards
Avoid over packaged goods
Hire party accessories
Compost your green waste
Buy gift vouchers

REUSE
BUY A LIVING TREE
BUY RECYCLED
REUSE PLASTIC BAGS
REUSE WRAPPING
REUSE DECORATIONS
USE RECHARGEABLE BATTTERIES 

RECYCLE
recycle CHRISTMAS CARDS—put  in your nearest  recycling paper bank, or your organic bin
RECYCLE CHRISTMAS TREES—at Creed park recycling centre or chop it up to fit in your organic bin
RECYCLING CANS AND GLASS BOTTLES & JARS—in your nearest recycle bank
RECYCLE PACKAGING—in your nearest recycle bank 

COMMUNITY SKIP SERVICE
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar provide a community skip for your area for the disposal of bulky household waste such as items of furniture, carpets, cookers, washing machines, dishwashers, DIY waste and garden waste. Under no circumstances should this skip be used for disposal of fridges, freezers, oils, batteries, asbestos material, animal carcases and offal waste. If the skip is full, please do not over fill the skip. The Comhairle will not be able to remove the skip if it has been overfilled. There should be no waste left out with the skip, as this will be treated as fly tipping. 

COMMUNITY FENCE WIRE CLEAN-UP SKIP
The Comhairle offer a free Community Fence Wire Clean-up Skip on request We would encourage communities to use this service for the disposal of fence wire to save space in Community Skips. We request that fence posts are separated from fence wire and that all rolls of fence wire are flattened as much as possible. If you are interested in applying for a Fence Wire Clean-up Skip or have any questions regarding waste disposal and recycling then please contact Waste Aware on 70 99 00 or e-mail recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk