Around 30% more waste than usual is generated over Christmas according to Wealden Council, but most can be recycled and some handy tips are included here.
Cllr Roy Galley, Wealden cabinet member with responsibility for waste management says: “With just a little thought we can make Christmas a happy one for the environment as well as for family and friends.”
The council’s tips are here:
- Planning for Christmas helps everyone save time and money. Try the Love Food Hate Waste on-line portion planner whether you’re cooking for your family or a party. Using www.lovefoodhatewaste.com means cleans plates at the end of each meal.
- Think about free Christmas eCards. Save paper and postage costs this Christmas and send an electronic ecard or make your own video greeting to send to friends and family.
- Buy waste-free gifts. Rather than spending money on unwanted gifts, why not give vouchers, experience days or membership of organisations to friends and family?
- Buy recyclable wrapping paper without any foil and glitter and reuse your paper where possible for next year.
After the party’s over…
- Make the most of your kerbside recycling collections and recycle all your wrapping paper, cards, cardboard packaging, cans, foil, drinks cartons, plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays, glass bottles and jars. Visit the Wealden What goes in each container page for full details on household recycling.
You can also take these items to a Neighbourhood Recycling Point or Household Waste Recycling Site.
- Recycle your Christmas tree – You can recycle your real Christmas tree in your brown bin once you have finished with it. Make sure you remove all decorations from the tree before putting it in the bin. If you do not have a brown bin collection, then you can take your tree to your local Household Waste Recycling Site. Find directions and opening times here..
- Use up your leftovers – Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to find tasty Christmas left over recipes that will give you some great alternatives to the classic turkey sandwich.
- Unwanted Christmas presents – an estimated £42 million worth of unwanted Christmas gifts are thrown away each year. Don’t leave unwanted presents to clutter up your house but take them to your local charity shop or offer them on online reuse sites such as Freegle or Freecycle.
If you are cleaning out the fireplace or log burner, please remember NOT to put any hot ashes into your bins.
Wealden District Council’s Waste Management team wishes you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
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