Chichester Post Issue 137

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12 News

` Christmas tree waste IF YOU'RE planning to buy a real tree for your home this Christmas, this is what you can do to dispose of it once you take it down: Garden waste customers can place their tree out with their green bin for collection when the service resumes from Monday, January 7. THere are also free Christmas tree recycling drop-off points around the district where you can take your real tree for recycling/composting. You can find a list on the Chichester District Council website. Alternatively, you can take real Christmas trees to your local household waste recycling site.

` Do the scrunch test EVERY year West Sussex County Council receives lots of questions from residents about what types of wrapping paper can be recycled. THe good news is there’s a handy test for this – the scrunch test. If your wrapping paper stays scrunched up, you can recycle it, if it pops back then it can’t (you usually find this with foil paper). As for glittery wrapping paper, this can also be put in your recycling bin (as long as it passes the scrunch test too).

Friday, December 14, 2018

Coats warm the hearts of city BY KELLY WICKHAM THE COMMUNITY coat rack in Chichester has been so successful it is due to run past Christmas. Supported by the Chichester Post, the coat rack held under the arches at the Assembly Rooms in the city centre has seen hundreds of coats donated and collected by those in need. THe coat rack is the brainchild of businesswoman Donna Ockenden, who also runs THe Chichester Four Streets Project – a charity which helps the city's homeless. THe coat project was set up after Donna saw the idea happening in other cities. Donna knew she would always ensure her children had a warm coat but it wasn’t always possible for everyone. THe community coat rack has already been in the city centre for the past four weeks this year and Donna said the people

of Chichester had been incredibly generous. "After four weeks, there is no sign of supply and need reducing," she said. "Every day, the turnover on the coat rack is huge and the one we put away each night is almost completely different to the one we put out in the morning due to the supply and demand. "THe coat rack is not staffed so we don't count them, we just rely on people's kindness and judge the amount going and coming by the empty hangers and looking at how different it is every day.

"I have had many conversations with local families who have used the coat rack for their children and themselves and they have said how grateful they are to have this opportunity provided to them." Donna is asking anyone who wishes to donate a coat to make sure it is in a condition you would wear yourself. Any coats left over at the end of the project will be given to a good home. "Our plan was to leave the coat rack up for around a month depending on the interest," she continued.

"We now plan to continue the rack until just before Christmas when we will take a short break and then resume in early January and keep it going for as long as we can throughout the cold, winter months." Donna has said that the coats are not just there to help the homeless, but are available to anybody struggling to make ends meet. THe coat rack is set up under the arches at the City Council house in North Street and will be there all day up until 5pm for anyone wishing to donate or take a coat.

` Fairy lights REMEMBER that old fairy lights can’t go in the bin as anything powered by a plug or batteries is classed as waste electrical and electronic equipment so you need to take them to your household waste recycling site.

f Donna Ockenden at the coat rack


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