Nowadays, we are all much more environmentally aware and Christmas time bares no exception. With all the different types of materials used to make products and product packaging, it is more and more difficult to know what the right things to put in the recycling bin are.
At Christmas time, there is substantially more waste, so here’s a guide with the top tips for recycling, this Christmas.
5 top tips for Christmas recycling:
- Find your nearest local recycling point – If you find yourself with over the allowed amount of recycling, in your recycling bin, find your local recycling point for the excess, here.
- Find out what your local council collects – Each local council has slightly different rules on what they collect and in what bins, familiarise yourself with the rules of your area, by checking here.
- Use recyclable wrapping paper – We all love the look of glittery or metallic wrapping paper, but it’s only single-use and virtually unrecyclable. So, if you want to minimise the use of your general waste bin, make sure you use recyclable wrapping paper. (Bonus points if you use recycled wrapping paper!).
- Recycle everything you can – We all have a maximum amount of general waste that we can produce at our homes, and at Christmas there is even more waste than usual. By recycling everything you can, it will minimise your general waste production. Although, it’s important to make sure that you keep the quality of your recycling as high as possible, see “if in doubt, throw it out”.
- “If in doubt, throw it out” – The Recycling Association has launched a new campaign “When in doubt, throw it out” to make sure that the quality of the items put in the recycling bins are that much better. You can read more about the campaign here.
Top recycling offenders:
- Wrapping paper – If the wrapping paper is metallic or covered in glitter, then put it in your general waste bin as this can’t currently be recycled. If it’s the good, old fashioned paper, then stick it in your recycling bin.
- Glittery cards – If your Christmas cards are covered in glitter, then this makes them harder to recycle, so it’s better to put them in your general waste bin.
- Pringles tubes – We all love to snack at Christmas while watching our favourite movies, but Pringles tubes are hard to recycle, so put them in your general waste bin.
Remember to recycle:
- Cranberry Sauce jars – Glass jars can always be recycled, so just wash out any leftover sauce and stick it in your recycling bin.
- Toy boxes – After the children have finished playing with the boxes rather than the toys you have given them, make sure you recycle the cardboard boxes. If they have a polystyrene insert in the box, then these should go into the general waste bin.
Craig Curtis, Managing Director, said “We need to make sure that we recycle as much as we can, without damaging the overall quality of the recycling across the country. It’s important now more than ever with the quality control regulations our export market have put in place.”