There is an apt expression – one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure, and when it comes to recycling your Christmas waste that can be especially true. According to research from Sainsbury’s Bank last year – a staggering 5% of British people ‘re-gifted’ items they received in the previous year’s festive season.
Among these, 8% of people – over 150,000 working-age Britons – do so because they don’t want to harm the environment by buying something else, and 40% or over 750,000 people re-gift to avoid waste – interesting figures and probably a lot higher now.
During this festive season, reducing the Christmas waste and recycling can be quite the challenge, and one that is easy to and let’s be honest, often overlooked. But there are some simple steps we can all take to keep more festive materials out of landfill sites across the UK.
How To Recycle At Christmas
There is a huge amount of Christmas waste that can be recycled, from Christmas cards and wrapping paper, to Christmas trees and old and faulty decorations. So, this year, if you have a real Christmas tree, why not look out for a collection or recycling point at local parks, where it may be shredded into wood chips and used directly on the flower beds.
Most paper nowadays can be put into your normal waste recycling bin – although remember that foil and holographic Christmas wrap is made of non-recyclable plastic film. Avoid putting those greasy wrappers into the paper recycling, as these can contaminate the entire load and render it all useless unrecyclable.
To be more eco-friendly, look out for wrapping paper made of recycled materials, or consider wrapping in lightweight tissue paper if it doesn’t need to be so robust.
Food And Drink Packaging And Recycling
Food and drink packaging are another major headache in regard to Christmas recycling, and most of us have experienced the hassle of a full domestic general waste bin with no prospect of it being emptied for another week or two and spilling out on the street. Recycling Christmas waste helps to reduce the amount going into your general waste bin, hopefully keeping it below capacity until the first bin collection after Christmas or even into the New Year.
You may not realise that the foil food trays – quiches, mince pies and other buns and tarts – can be recycled, and just six mince pie trays will save enough energy to power your telly through the Christmas day episode of the Queens speech!
Christmas Skip Hire
So, if you are expecting a houseful of guests and family, or if you operate commercial premises and will be facing high demand over the festive season, why not consider getting a skip to cope with unusually high amounts of waste generated.
A mini skip will not take up too much room, but will give you extra space for the general waste, with the advantage that skip hire companies will extract any recyclable waste and only send to landfill the materials that cannot be recycled – meaning you do not need to worry about separating your waste when you would rather focus on having a good time over Christmas.
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