HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to go green over Christmas.
More than 175,000 tonnes of household rubbish is produced in Kirklees each year.
At Christmas the amount of rubbish produced surges by about a third.
Kirklees Council is encouraging people to recycle paper, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles by using its specially provided green bins.
Council staff gave these tips for cutting back on rubbish:
* Avoid extra packaging when shopping. Take your own re-usable bags. About 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is thrown away in the UK over Christmas.
* Buy durable rather than disposable items, for example rechargeable batteries.
* If you buy a real tree, buy one with roots that will grow again. Alternatively recycle your real Christmas tree at one of the five household waste and re- cycling centres.
* Re-use your Christmas cards for gift tags or recycle them in boxes provided at WH Smith and Tesco.
* Put your vegetable peelings in a compost bin.
* Recycle glass bottles and food jars at a recycling site.
* Avoid junk mail by contacting the Mail Preference Service.
Clr David Payne, the council Cabinet member with responsibility for the environment and transport, said: "We have 134 recycling sites for various materials such as glass, paper, cans and textiles. We are doing really well, but we need to do more to protect our environment."
To order an extra green bin, ring 01484 414700.
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