One suitable expression is “one person’s trash is another’s treasure,” and this is especially true when it comes to recycling your Christmas waste. According to Sainsbury’s Bank data from last year, a whopping 5% of British people ‘re-gifted’ products they received over the previous year’s holiday 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 the holiday season, reducing Christmas waste and recycling can be a difficult task, but one that is simple to accomplish and, let’s be honest, often forgotten. However, there are a few simple things that we can all take to keep more festive items out of landfills across the United Kingdom.
How To Recycle At Christmas
From Christmas cards and wrapping paper to Christmas trees and old and broken decorations, there is a large amount of Christmas garbage that may be recycled. So, if you have a real Christmas tree this year, look for a collection or recycling site in your neighbourhood park, where it may be shredded into wood chips and utilised straight 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 is another big source of Christmas recycling headaches, and most of us have dealt with the frustration of a full household general garbage bin that won’t be emptied for another week or two, overflowing out onto the street. Recycling Christmas rubbish reduces the quantity of rubbish that goes into your general rubbish bin, allowing it to stay below capacity until the first bin collection following Christmas or even into the New Year.
You may not be aware that foil food trays, such as quiches, mince pies, and other buns and tarts, can be recycled, and only six mince pie trays can save enough energy to power your television for the entire Christmas Day episode of the Queen’s Speech!
Christmas Skip Hire
So, whether you’re expecting a houseful of visitors and family, or if you run a business and will be experiencing high demand throughout the holiday season, consider renting a skip to deal with the extra rubbish generated.
A mini skip will not take up much space but will provide additional space for general waste, with the added benefit of skip hire companies extracting any recyclable waste and only sending to landfill the materials that cannot be recycled – meaning you won’t have to worry about separating your waste when you’d rather be having fun over the holidays.
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