Go Green with Summer Recycling

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Sunday, July 8th, 2012
Newry and Mourne District Council are urging residents to think green by recycling their waste this summer. During the summer time a lot of extra waste is generated through barbecues, garden parties and the school summer holidays. Officers are giving tips to residents barbecuing or having a party/picnic on how to ‘go green’ this holiday season. Speaking to Newry Times, the Director of Technical & Leisure Services Mr. Jim McCorry said, “Last year Newry and Mourne sent over 1,300 tones of waste to landfill over the summer months. By planning meals better the public can help reduce the amount of waste from their al-fresco dining that ends up being dumped in landfill and save themselves money. Wasting food costs the average family £420 a year and has serious environmental implications.” Hurried menu planning, last minute choices and worries about having enough for everyone to eat can lead to over catering and increased waste. Taking just a few minutes to write a list before heading out to the shops can make all the difference and reduce waste. For recipes, tips & tools to help you reduce food waste from the Love Food Hate Waste campaign log onto www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Other top tips for recycling this summer include:

1. When you’re out and about, make sure you recycle as much of your rubbish as possible. And if there are no recycling facilities nearby, simply take your waste home and recycle using your blue bin. 2. Invest in a barbecue instead of using lots of throw-away ones. You will save money in the long run and reduce the amount of rubbish that cannot be recycled. 3. Rather than spend a small fortune on disposable plastic knives and forks and paper plates, just use your normal crockery and cutlery. If you haven’t got enough to go round, ask your friends to bring their own. 4. Have a designated recycling bin for glass and cans in your kitchen and empty into your blue bin after the party. 5. Love your barbecue and picnic leftovers! Left over bread rolls can be frozen, salads and pastas can be stored in the fridge for another occasion and barbecued meats taste great in a sandwich the next day. Or recycle any other food leftovers in the brown bin. To find out more about what you can recycle in your blue and brown bin, visit the Councils website. http://www.newryandmourne.gov.uk/environment/Services/Recycling_Campaign.aspx For more information on how to reduce or recycle in your home or garden contact Ruth Colgan Tel: 028 30313233 or email recycling@newryandmourne.gov.uk  
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