Recycling gives planet a green gift

WHETHER you're celebrating with family and friends or clearing out the garden, remember to recycle and have a green festive season.

Coffs Harbour City Council has teamed up with Planet Ark to provide information on recycling options for items that are abundant at this time of year.

Recycling Near You is a website and phone link with details on the council's recycling services as well as drop-off collection locations for items such as printer cartridges, mobile phones, household and car batteries and tyres.

“All the information you need to recycle correctly this festive season can be found on the Coffs Harbour City Council page of,” said the council's health manager Chris Foley.

“With recycling information on season-specific items, as well as general household waste, it's an invaluable tool during the holiday period and throughout the entire year.

“The site is a must for anyone hosting a special event with information on how to recycle food scraps and leftovers, cans, cards, gift-wrap, tins, plastic bottles, glass jars, milk and custard cartons and much more.”

Planet Ark spokeswoman Rebecca Gilling said consumption was at its highest during the Christmas period.

“When organic material is sent to landfill it breaks down and releases methane, a greenhouse gas with over 20 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide,” Ms Gilling said.

“It's important for people to investigate the options available to them and Recycling Near You makes this easy.”

“The website also lists recycling options for old computers, mp3 players and other electronic items that are often discarded at this time of year because their owners have had a new one for Christmas.”

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