Craft your own Christmas – County Council workshops show you how!

The County Council is getting in the festive spirit and wants to get Notts residents thinking ahead too.

On Saturday 5th December West Bridgford Library, Bridgford Road, from 10-12.30 and 1.30-3.30pm

Over the Christmas period an additional three quarters of a million tonnes of extra waste is generated in the UK. Typical Christmas-related waste includes a staggering 13,350 tonnes of glass, 4,500 tonnes of tin foil, 500 tonnes of discarded Christmas tree lights and enough wrapping paper to reach the moon if laid end to end.

Nottinghamshire County Council and local craft artist, Lucy Brown will be hosting a series of workshops across the county in December showing Nottinghamshire residents how to transform their rubbish into top quality Christmas gifts and decorations using a little bit of creative know-how.

Councillor Richard Butler, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said: “These workshops will demonstrate just how fun and easy it can be to make something unique for Christmas from materials that you might normally just throw away. Making gifts, decorations and wrapping will also save the expense and extra packaging that comes with buying brand new items.

“The County Council are committed to helping people reduce, reuse and recycle their waste and constantly seek new and innovative ways to help them achieve this. So far, we have achieved a recycling rate of around 41 percent and with your help we can increase this further. We want to break the myth that people have to do big, dramatic or expensive things to help the environment – it is simply not true and we can all make a difference.”

Lucy Brown will be demonstrating how material that could of ended up in the bin can be turned into an array of eye catching decorations and gift wrapping. Local people will be able to join in at one of the county’s library’s for either a free morning or afternoon session, or all day if they wish! If you are interested in taking part in one of the workshops please contact the Waste Management team on 0115 9774172 or email to register your interest. It's best to ring if you're interested but spaces may be available on the day dependent upon numbers or come along if you just fancy watching.

Nottinghamshire residents have already achieved a fantastic recycling and composting rate. However, the celebrations and holidays we enjoy over Christmas do end up creating more waste and it is important we keep reducing, recycling and reusing our household rubbish wherever possible.


Notes to Editors

If you’re interested in setting up a photocall at individual workshops please contact us.

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