Those living in the Beverley area have been among the country’s top recyclers this year and have also sent less to landfill.
The festive challenge, though, is to save local families about £60, which is the cost of the food thrown away over these few weeks.
Figures by East Riding of Yorkshire Council show that last Christmas, local households put 439 tonnes of food in their brown bins for composting, but sent 1,100 tonnes to landfill by putting it in their green bins.
Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Residents in the Beverley area are known for being keen recyclers.
“I think, though, as a nation we have all come to expect that at Christmas and New Year it is normal that food gets thrown away. In a world where people still go hungry we have a duty to change that mindset.
“For this reason we have been looking at some simple ways that could help and have put them on the website. While those few simple suggestions sound easy, sticking to them is something else as I know too well.”
The council’s website: www.eastriding.gov.uk includes tips such as taking a shopping list and sticking to it, following the portion sizes to prevent cooking too much, and recipes for using up leftovers.
Residents can stock up on food waste caddy liners by taking the vouchers from the centre of a roll to claim another at the council’s customer service centres, libraries, mobile libraries and leisure centres. Since April, 29,000 rolls have been given away by the council in the Beverley area.
After Christmas, cards, empty sweet tins, glass bottles, packaging stripped of sticky tape and washed and squashed tins and drink cartons should go in the blue bins.
The council will empty the bins and send it all for recycling. For example, those plastics cartons recycled from the blue bins could be garden furniture by next year.
The council will take away real Christmas trees for composting if they are put out with the brown bin early in January. They can also be taken to the household waste recycling site at Weel.
Unwanted electrical goods such as TVs, fridges, small electrical items, washing machines and ovens can also be taken to the Weel site, along with batteries, cooking oil, textiles and light bulbs.
Weel will be open 10am-5pm every day except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when it will close at 4pm.
It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For its location and information about the materials it accepts, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk.