Christmas Recycling Tips

If you love Christmas, but hate waste, here are some useful tips to bring some seasonal cheer to the environment.

Over the Christmas holidays, it is estimated that we produce 30% more waste than usual. So everything you can do will help.

Broken small electricals- we’ll recycle them. Many of us will be given a new electrical device this Christmas. The good news is that the broken ones (like toasters, toys or kettles) are now collected as part of your kerbside collection. Just put them out in a separate bag on top of your recycling or refuse bin for collection.  This include those Christmas tree lights which have stopped working.

Wrapping paper- stay scrunched.  Use wrapping paper that can be easily recycled.    It can be recycled if you can scrunch it and it stays scrunched! (external link) Wrap that has foil or glitter isn’t recyclable. Brown parcel paper or even old newspapers make a great alternative.  – Or consider reusable packaging such as gift bags.

Deck your hall with boughs of holly. Choose decorations wisely and keep them to use again. Try to limit how much you buy and keep what you have to use year on year. Natural decorations such as ivy, fir cones, mistletoe and holly, look festive and can be composted if they are not covered excessively with glitter. After Christmas, greenery, can be put in your garden waste bin or dropped at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

Every day is boxing day. As online shopping increases, so do the number of cardboard boxes being shipped. If you are ordering gifts online this year, break down the cardboard packaging to save space and make sure you put them in your recycling bin.

Buy loose, cut out the plastics.  To cut down on packaging waste, try to buy your fruit and vegetables loose and don’t forget to take your own bag. Making just a few small changes can have a big impact on the amount of plastic we use on a day-to-day basis.

Make space for new toys.Local playgroups may be happy to use unwanted toys still in good working condition or you could donate them to a charity shop who could resell to someone else in time for Christmas.

Can’t eat it all? So much food gets wasted over Christmas – that’s over and above above the £70 worth of food the average family of four wastes every month. Find out how you can easily reduce your food waste this Christmas and save money .

And after it’s all over, what about the Christmas tree? Real Christmas trees can be cut up and put in your garden waste recycling bin. If you are not a member of the garden waste scheme, you can take it your local Household Waste Recycling Site ,