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Christmas garlands designed and created by local school children from garden cuttings will be used to decorate Peterborough Town Hall during the festive period. The garlands, which have been made from materials that would normally be consigned to the compost bin, have been entered into a competition to be judged on Thursday 7 December.

While the judging takes place at the Town Hall, the pupils will be entertained by ‘Doctor Who’, in an educational play called ‘A Christmas Past and Present’. The ‘time lord’ will be comparing Christmas in 1935 to the present day. The winners will be presented with awards by Trevor Gibson, Peterborough City Council’s director of environment and community services.

“The competition has been running now for several years and each year the children’s imaginations and creativity gets better and better,” said Kirsty Martin, education and campaigns officer for Peterborough City Council. “These entries demonstrate how we can re-use the materials that we usually throw away.

“Children will not only get the chance to be creative, but also have the opportunity to see how Christmas was celebrated in 1935. This was an era when Christmas was not all about lots of packaging and waste and the play provides a worthwhile comparison to the present day.”

The city council’s brown bin collection has increased the rate of recycling in Peterborough to 45 per cent. So far this financial year, 8,936 tonnes of material from brown bins has been collected, compared to 6,798 tonnes last year. The service has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the volume of waste being buried in the city’s Dogsthorpe landfill site.

Kirsty said: “There are a range of environmentally-friendly options to reuse, recycle and reduce the consumption of natural resources during the festive season, reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Packaging materials can be reused or even taken to playgroups and schools as play and art materials. Vegetable peelings and garden waste can be composted at home, and real Christmas trees can be cut up and placed in brown bins along with organic garden waste.

“Meanwhile, Christmas cards, wrapping paper, waste paper, TV guides, catalogues, cardboard, plastic bottles, tin and aluminium cans, and aerosols can be deposited in the green bins. People can even use Christmas cards as gift tags for next year or take them to WH Smith or Tesco stores for recycling, while glass bottles and jars can be deposited at local bottle banks.”

Residents will also be able to dispose of their Christmas waste and recyclables at eight additional sites over the Christmas period. On Saturday 30 December, refuse lorries will collect household waste and festive wrapping, card, plastic bottles and other recyclable materials from the Copeland Centre in Bretton, Peterborough between 8 am and 9.30 am.

The lorries will then visit the Orton Centre car park in Orton Goldhay, Peterborough from 10 am to 11.30 am; Hampton Court in Ravensthorpe, Peterborough from 12 noon to 1.30 pm; and the Pyramid Centre car park in North Bretton, Peterborough from 2 pm to 3.30 pm.

Refuse lorries will also make collections on Saturday 6 January 2007 from the car park in Lawson Avenue, Stanground, Peterborough from 8 am to 9.30 am; Park Lane car park in Eastfield, Peterborough from 10 am to 11.30 am; Christ Church car park, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough from 12 noon to 1.30 pm and the Rainbow Centre, Werrington, Peterborough from 2 pm to 3.30pm.

Householders are also reminded that refuse and recycling dates over the festive period will change for most households. Collections will continue on the normal weekly schedule. However residents who would have had a service on Monday 25 December will instead have their bins collected two days earlier on Saturday 23 December. The remaining collections during the holiday period will be one day later than usual. Brown bin collections will be suspended from Friday 15 December until Tuesday 6 February 2007.

December 2006

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