19th December 2017
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but also the most wasteful! Christmas is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we should stop thinking about recycling. This is why at The Waste Group we’ve come up with own version of the 12 days of Christmas; the 12 days of Waste!
There’s so many ways to be environmentally friendly this Christmas. So take a look at our 12 top tips below and get ready for a greener Christmas!
Wrapping paper is one of the biggest causes of waste over the Christmas period; the amount of wrapping paper used for presents each year can circle the globe 9 times! There are so many alternatives to wrapping paper such as fabric, old packaging and even cereal boxes. Check out Huffington Post for some creative wrapping paper alternatives.
Once you’ve taken your Christmas cards down, it doesn’t mean they have to go straight in the bin. Why not reuse the cards by cutting off the front to use as gift tags for next year?
Non-artificial Christmas trees can be recycled, and your local council will usually arrange a collection point where they can do this for you. Just Helping can even recycle your tree whilst helping local charities too.
Your recycling collection dates will most likely change over the Christmas period. Make sure you check with your local council when these are so you can plan accordingly.
There are so many ways you can create cool decorations from recycling! Here are some of our favourites…
If you’re unsure if your wrapping paper can be recycled, scrunch it up into a ball. If it stays in shape it can be recycled, but if it springs back it is most likely metallised plastic film and therefore non recyclable. Thanks to Recycle Now for this great tip!
One of our favourite things about Christmas is the food! But did you know that over 4 million festive dinners are thrown away every year?! Food waste can be easily limited with a few handy tips. Media platform MashableUK have created a list of 11 practical ways to reduce food waste.
You might have done all your Christmas shopping online this year instead of battling the busy, cold high street! But once your orders arrive, don’t forget to recycle the cardboard boxes. The best way to do this is to make sure they are flat before you dispose of them in the correct recycling bin.
If you’re lucky enough to receive a new phone, tablet or any other electrical item for Christmas, chances are you may want to get rid of your old one. These are WEEE items and need to be recycled correctly, so check the procedure.
Christmas lights can be recycled too! Some local recycling centres have boxes for small electrical items such as lights; check where your nearest centre is here.
After you’ve indulged in many chocolate coins over Christmas, don’t forget to recycle the foil! The foil from inside advent calendars can also be recycled too, just make sure it’s not attached to the actual calendar itself.
The party season often means that we use more cans and bottles than usual. Make sure you dispose of any cans, plastic or glass bottles in the correct recycling bins to reduce waste.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our 12 days of Waste! If you’re looking for skip hire in Dorset or any other waste management services, contact us today and we’ll be able to help.
Merry Christmas from The Waste Group!