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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Waste Paper Recycling on the Cards for Christmas

Published Tuesday 17th December 13

Family with white sacks in front of recycling van

Householders in Ribble Valley are invited to get in the festive spirit by recycling their Christmas cards and wrapping paper.

Over 83 sq. km of wrapping paper will be thrown away in the UK over Christmas, but Ribble Valley householders can cut back on their festive waste thanks to the borough council's white sack scheme.

The number of households participating in the scheme, which sees waste paper and cardboard collected fortnightly from the kerbside, has steadily increased since the council took the service in-house in July 2013.

The weight of waste paper collected from Ribble Valley households now exceeds 170 tonnes per month. 

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, said: "We aim to collect as much waste paper as possible, not only because it helps to protect the planet, but also to contribute towards the cost of providing the service through income generated from the sale of the waste.

"We hope as many residents as possible will recycle their Christmas paper and cardboard and help keep our valley clean and green."

White sack collections will continue as normal during the festive period, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Extra free white sacks for the collection of Christmas waste paper and cardboard are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

Householders are asked to leave white sacks at their usual collection points by 7.30am.  

Wrap it up:

  • Every tonne of paper collected reduces the cost of Ribble Valley Borough Council's recycling and refuse collection service
  • Ribble Valley Borough Council's recycling and refuse collection service is the lowest cost of any recycling and refuse collection service in Lancashire
  • Over 83 sq. km of wrapping paper will be thrown away in the UK over Christmas, enough to cover Hyde Park 33 times
  • Royal Mail delivers around 150million cards and packets during the pre-Christmas period
  • If the one billion Christmas cards (17 for everyman, woman and child) that end up in bins across the UK were laid end-to-end, they would span from London to Sydney and back five times
  • Wrapping paper can be shredded, recycled and even used to clean windows


Picture: The Pickles family of Twiston, Ribble Valley.