Individual letters are being sent to all residents in Sefton highlighting arrangements for refuse and recycling collections during the Christmas period.

The letters will be delivered during the week commencing December 10 and also include new calendars for collections until the end of March 2014.

There will be no wheelie bin or plastic sack collections during Christmas week (December 24-28) by Sefton Council staff.

This year most staff at Sefton Council are required to take unpaid leave on December 24, 27, 28 and 31 in order to make about £1m in savings.

The savings, which will help to balance this year’s budget, are made from staff wages and other running costs over those four days as many council buildings are closed.

The weekly kerbside recycling collection service, carried out by Palm Recycling on behalf of Sefton Council, will continue throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

This means that there will be changes to the day some residents’ recycling is collected. Some recycling collections will take place a day early, some a day later than usual and some collections will take place on a Saturday. Full details are given in the letters soon to be delivered.

For 2012, the green wheelie bin collection for garden waste will be suspended from the middle of December and will return in January 2013.

By suspending the green wheelie bin service, it will enable more grey wheelie bin collections as more non-recyclable waste is generated at this time of the year.

During the first grey wheelie bin collections in the New Year, residents can also leave up to three bags of side waste which will be collected.

The letters clearly explain when all collections take place and also notify some residents how their collection days will alter in the New Year.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, said: “Please look out for the letters arriving in the next week or so as they hold very important information about refuse and recycling collections over Christmas and the New Year.

“The letters are specific to individual properties and have details on refuse and recycling collections which will alter slightly for many people over the Christmas period. Please spend some time reading them.

“During and after the Christmas period we all tend to generate extra waste yet so much of this can be recycled. As ever please think about recycling it rather than just putting it in the bin and make your Christmas a green one.”

Ruairi Holyoake, Palm Recycling’s North West Operations Manager, said: “The weekly food waste collection service using the kitchen food waste caddy and the kerbside food waste bin, can be used to dispose of all the food leftovers from the Christmas dinner, such a sprouts and turkey bones. Don’t forget that the foil cases from shop-bought mince pies are recyclable in the green box, as well as biscuit and chocolate tins.

“Non-metallic Christmas wrapping paper can go in the blue bag for paper recycling, as can gift catalogues and TV guides. However, Christmas and New Year greetings cards should not be put in the blue bag but can be taken for recycling to one of a number of greetings card recycling schemes organised by some retail outlets.”

Sefton Council is also running a free Christmas tree recycling collection service in the New Year. For further details, or to make a booking, call 0845 140 0845.

Residents can also view their refuse and recycling collection dates over the Christmas period.

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