During the festive period, many of us are guilty for using almost anything that’s disposable. From wrapping paper to paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and even disposable table cloths!
But what happens when it’s all over? Where does all this stuff go? Well the majority of it ends up in landfill… here are a few Christmas waste facts to put it into perspective!
- 74 million mince pies are thrown away every year
- The wrapping paper we throw away is enough to stretch around the world nine times!
- The card packaging that gets thrown away is enough to cover Big Ben 260,000 times!
- 13,350 tonnes of glass waste is thrown away each Christmas, if this was recycled instead it would save the CO2 equivalent of taking 1,300 cars off the road for a year!
- 1 billion Christmas cards could end up in the bin after December 25th!
Now that’s a lot of waste! Here are some tips on how you can recycle your waste this Christmas!
- Before recycling, remove any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows as these cannot be recycled!
- Try using gift bags instead of paper! As you can reuse them again next year and save on paper!
- Instead of throwing food in the bin, chuck it in your compost bin if you have one! Add fruit and vegetable scraps, potato peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, eggshells and flowers to your compost heap this Christmas. But don’t put meat such as ham or turkey in there as this will attract larger pests such as rats and foxes
- Use the un-recyclable parts of cards and wrapping paper (metallic and glitter paper cannot be recycled!) and cut them up and to make new cards or gift tags out of them for next year!
- Christmas trees are a little tricky, but most council-run tips and shred used Christmas trees to make chippings that are used in public parks. Otherwise, see if your local council do a collection service. You could even strip the branches yourself and use the pine needles as unique potpourri!
For extra information on recycling Christmas waste have a look at the link below!
Otherwise contact your local council if you’re unsure as to what you can and can’t put in your recycling bins!
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