WASTE officers are asking Wirral people to recycle as much as possible this Christmas and New Year.

Tonnes of rubbish can tend to be generated at this time of the year, so local householders are being asked to remember to recycle their cans, bottles, cardboard and real Christmas trees after the festive period.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authorit is reminding local people that the region’s 14 household waste recycling centres are open most days, where all sorts of leftovers can be recycled for free.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, chairman of MRWA, said: “A lot of waste is created at this time of the year so it’s a good chance to boost Merseyside’s recycling levels.

"Our recycling centres will happily accept the clutter of people’s packaging, bottles, cans and even Christmas trees.”

The borough's three centres are at Bidston Moss, Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead; Greenbank Road, West Kirby and Mount Road, Clatterbridge.

They are open every day of the year – except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – from 8am until 5pm during winter.

Many items can be deposited, with the majority accepting cans, cardboard, garden waste, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, timber, tyres and white goods. All accept electrical items.