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Byline: Hazel Ettienne ,

green touch Recycling a Christmas tree at the Vine Street, Hillhouse, tip RE-USE and recycle your festive waste.

That is the message to householders across Kirklees in the new year.

People are being urged to think carefully about how they dispose of excess materials produced during the festive season.

And Kirklees Council's Environmental Services staff have put together a list of tips to help people out.

These include:

* Putting old Christmas cards in your green wheeled bin or in a card recycling bin at a large supermarket, such as Tesco

* Taking old Christmas trees to your local waste recycling centre for composting

* Use your green bin for paper, card, food and drinks cans and plastic bottles after rinsing and crushing

* Use your local sites for recycling a range of materials, including glass, shoes, textiles and books

* Take unwanted gifts to charity shops

* Take re-useable shopping bags to the supermarket, to avoid carrier bags wherever possible

* Compost fruit and vegetable peelings in your compost bin. They will rot down, even in winter.

It is the fifth year Tesco has teamed up with the Woodland Trust charity to deliver its annual Christmas card recycling scheme. Last year's scheme recycled 58m cards.

Ian Reed-Aspley, of the Woodland Trust, said: "By simply recycling Christmas cards we are doing our bit to address the problem and help save woods and trees.

"Christmas is a time when a huge amount of consumer waste is generated.

"Recycling just one Christmas card saves enough electricity to allow five people to watch the Queen's Christmas Day message."

More information is available on the Recycling Helpline. The number is 01484 223115.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2006
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