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How to have yourself a recycle friendly Christmas

November 26, 2018

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no waste to throw, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… A recycle friendly Christmas is still a wish in progress but many of us would prefer to recycle more.

Waste HierarchyFollowing the the Waste Hierarchy method, the first step is to Reduce the amount of waste produced by consuming less single-use plastics.

Step two is about Reusing materials repeatedly, such as using Tupperware instead of cling film.

Ensuring you recycle your products is the third step. Anything that can’t be recycled should then be recovered through Energy Recover Facilities (ERFs).

Viridor’s bigger material recycling facilities (MRFs) will each see the volume of paper and card received increase by 500 to 600 tonnes a week in December and January or a rise of 2,000 tonnes per MRF over the Christmas period as a whole. Here’s some more tips to recycle more this winter:

  • Make your own decorations, presents and edible gifts without pointless plastic, use shredded newspaper as packaging.
  • Wrap your presents in brown paper packages, tied up with string, Julie Andrews would be delighted with these gifts.
  • Try Furoshiki wrapping (風呂敷) a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods and particularly great for wrapping two bottles together.
  • Add your Christmas cards to your recycling, just no glitter please.
  • When it comes to wrapping paper, the shiny metallic and glitter varieties cannot be accepted. Do the “scrunch test” – if you can scrunch the paper in your hand and it stays in a ball, it can go in the recycling, but please do flatten the paper again once you have performed the test.
  • Please do remove bows (to reuse) and sellotape.
  • Plastic bottles should ideally be clean and crushed.
  • Plan ahead to avoid food waste or, if your local authority accepts food waste, take advantage of this opportunity or consider investing in a home composting solution.
  • If Christmas and New Year involves some new clothes, take advantage of the opportunity to donate old clothes to a local charity shops, same applies to old toys.
  • If you are replacing furniture as a festive treat, again, you can find a charity which would be delighted to have a donation which can live another life with a new family.  Some household recycling sites have containers on site for this purpose.

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