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Stay green this Christmas; FOLLOW THESE HANDY FESTIVE DECORATING DOS AND DON'TS.

Byline: IAN ROBSON Reporter ian.robson@trinitymirror.com

WE are always asked to recycle as much as we can for the environment.

But, with households producing more waste than ever at Christmas, it's hard to know what to do.

Can you put Christmas cards in the recycle bin? And what about wrapping paper? And is there something that should never in any circumstances be put in the recycling bin? So Santa, with a little help from Gateshead Council, has brought a handy guide.

The advice applies not just to Gateshead but others areas of the North East as well.

There are some dos and some very definite don'ts.

Q Christmas cards Plain Christmas cards can be recycled in the main part of the recycling bin, but any card which has glitter, glue, is over-printed in foil or a 3D image cannot be recycled. These will contaminate the waste stream and must be disposed of through your household bin.

Q Cardboard packaging can be squashed flat and recycled in the main part of the recycling bin. Please don't leave cardboard outside of your bin for collection as it can become wet and this causes major problems at the recycling plant. Polystyrene used for packaging cannot be recycled and must go in your household bin.

Q Glitter is not recyclable. If you put glitter in your recycling bin - whether it's on a card, wrapping paper or a decoration - it will find its way into the recycling process and will end up contaminating the finished product and will be rejected by the paper company. Glitter in your recycling QQ Tinsel is not recyclable, so if it has finally lost its sparkle please dispose of it in your household bin.

bin will contaminate the entire lorry load of recyclables. Anything containing glitter should therefore be put in your household waste bin.

Q Gift tags Cardboard tags can be recycled, but any tags which are foil or contain glitter should be put in your household waste bin.

Q Wrapping paper cannot be recycled because it is often laminated with plastic, foil or other non-paper materials. Much of it is also contaminated by sticky tape which is not recyclable and can disrupt the recycling process. Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres so is not suitable for recycling. Either save and re-use or dispose of it in your household waste bin.

Q Metal and plastic sweet & biscuit tins/tubs Big sweet tins or tubs make great storage containers, but if you have too many you can recycle them in the main part of the recycling bin. Please make sure that all wrappers and packaging are removed first.

Q Wreaths If you have a wreath made from natural materials like ivy, holly or fir tree clippings, you can compost the greenery once you have removed it from its base (provided there is no glitter) or place the greenery in your garden waste bin. The base can then be dropped into your household bin.

Q Baubles Glass baubles are not recyclable - if any of your glass baubles break, please wrap them carefully and dispose of in your household waste bin. Plastic baubles are usually made Q Paper chains If you have made your own paper chains from plain paper and there is no glitter on them, please recycle them.

If the paper chains have been bought from a shop, these are generally not suitable for recycling as they are often dyed in vivid colours and the paper has very short fibres. The best option is to either compost them or put them in your household waste bin.

from types of plastic which are not widely collected yet in the UK. Many are also covered with glitter which contaminates other recycling materials.

You could donate to a local charity or dispose of through your household bin.

Q Bows and ribbons Please do not recycle bows and ribbons - either reuse them or dispose of them in your household bin.

Q Christmas Trees In Gateshead you can recycle a Christmas tree at the council's recycling centres at Wrekenton and Blaydon.

If you have signed up for garden waste collections, you can chop up your tree and put it into your garden waste bin for collection when the service begins again in April.

Q Glitter is not recyclable. If you put glitter in your recycling bin - whether it's on a card, wrapping paper or a decoration - it will find its way into the recycling process and will end up contaminating the finished product and will be rejected by the paper company. Glitter in your recycling bin will contaminate the entire lorry load of recyclables. Anything containing glitter should therefore be put in your household waste bin.

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Q Christmas tree lights Currently, Christmas tree lights cannot be easily recycled so please do not put them in the recycling bin - put them straight into your household waste bin.
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