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Waste less, recycle more at Christmas!

Try these top tips to have yourself a greener Christmas

Wrapping Paper

Reduce: There are some great ideas and alternative ways to wrap presents. Why not try using fabric, baskets or reusable boxes?

Reuse: You can reuse wrapping paper or brown paper. To make it easier to reuse, secure gifts with ribbon or coloured string instead.

Recycle: If you haven't bought your wrapping yet, make sure you buy paper that is recyclable, avoid glitter and foil gift wrap. The scrunch test is a great way to check if your wrapping paper is recyclable, simply crumple a piece of the paper in your hand, if it unfolds when you open your hand, it cannot be recycled. Paper that stays scrunched up can be put in your green box for recycling.


Christmas Gifts

Reduce: You can buy vouchers for all kinds of experiences, from gin tasting to theatre tickets or memberships to charities and clubs. You could even put together your own special 'experience package'.

Reuse: If you are buying a present think about a reusable gift such as a coffee cup, beeswax food wraps or may be a homemade cake. You could also try making a reuseable eco-friendly hamper?

Recycle: Before you buy, look at how gifts are packaged and choose those that have recyclable packaging if possible. Materials like polystyrene or plastic will have to be removed and put in the black bin. Any card packaging should be flattened and put in the recycling box.


Christmas Cards

Making gift tags from christmas cards

Reduce: Why not send seasons greetings to your family and friends using an e-card? There are lots of charities who have their own lovely e-cards, which you can send for a donation.

Reuse: Last year's Christmas cards can make beautiful gift tags for presents or can be reused for Christmas craft activities.

Recycle: When buying Christmas cards, steer clear of cards with glitter, foil or other embellishments as these will need to be removed before recycling. 

Christmas gift tags made from old Christmas cards
An image showing gift tags made from old Christmas cards

Christmas Trees

Reduce: Whilst it can be difficult to avoid the tradition of having a Christmas tree in the house, you can reduce waste by not buying new decorations every year. Instead choose decorations wisely and keep them to use again and again.

Reuse: Potted trees or Christmas trees with roots that can be planted in the garden are becoming a more popular choice. If you have an artificial tree, they need to be used for up to 9 years in order to have less impact than real trees.

Recycle: Real Christmas trees can be recycled at the kerbside. Trees can go out with your recycling collection from 4 January, just make sure you have removed all decorations, lights and pots!