Last year it was reported that the UK population threw away over 100 million rolls of wrapping paper, almost 100 million black bags full of packaging from toys and gifts. Many people admit that rather than recycling wrapping paper and boxes, they throw their waste straight in the bin!
It's often difficult to reduce your waste at Christmas, but we have put together some tips on how you might be able to do this:
- Send e-cards rather than physical cards
- Order presents online to avoid collecting numerous plastic bags
- Make old Christmas cards into gift tags for your gifts
- Purchase an artificial Christmas tree to use every year
- Use your turkey and trimmings leftovers for other meals
- Put your left over vegetables or vegetable peelings in the compost
- Give edible gifts such as homemade ginger bread to cut down on packaging
- Use wrapping paper made of recycled materials, or don't wrap presents at all
For those of you that have a real Christmas tree, please recycle your tree! Trees can be shredded into wood chippings which can be used in parks or woodland areas. There are recycling centres all over the country where you can recycle your Christmas tree.
These recycling centres can also be used for other left over packaging from Christmas celebrations and gifts. It is also worth remembering that there is often a disrupted service to bin collection times over the festive period. To avoid a pile up of rubbish, so make sure you know when your bins are due for collection!