RENFREWSHIRE residents are being offered a helping hand to recycle their festive waste.

Household waste recycling centres will be open every day, with the exception of New Year’s Day, to encourage local people to do their bit to help save the planet.

In addition, anyone who has a real Christmas tree can recycle it at Thomas Shanks Public Park, in Johnstone, Barwood Park, in Erskine, Lochwinnoch Public Park, Barshaw Park, in Paisley, or the recycling centre in Underwood Road, Paisley, until Saturday, January 11.

Plain wrapping paper and Christmas cards can be placed in your blue bin.

Those who enjoy having a tipple to bring in the New Year should place empty cans and bottles in their green bin.

You should make sure tinsel, baubles and fairy lights go in your grey bin, as they can’t be recycled.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, convener of Renfrewshire’s infrastructure, land and environment policy board, said: “The festive period really is a brilliant time of the year but it does bring extra food waste, packaging and bottles than you would normally have to deal with.

“Using your recycling bins effectively will mean you have more space in your grey bin for anything that can’t be recycled and you can also be satisfied that you’ve done your bit to stop any waste going to landfill.

“Our recycling centres are open almost every day throughout the festive period, so please use these too if Santa was extra good to you this year.

“Our bin collections are running as normal throughout the period, with the exception of New Year’s Day, so please make sure you know when your bin should be going out during the festivities.”

For more information on recycling, visit here.

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