Christmas is just around the corner and it's important that after all the festive fun we remember to recycle and dispose of Christmas waste appropriately. A staggering amount of materials that can be recycled are missed due to being put in the incorrect bins or contaminated, some are even ending up in the ocean. An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic make its way into the ocean each year, the equivalent of a rubbish truck full every minute!
We hope that by giving you some easy, simple and stress-free tips that Christmas waste can be reduced year on year.
Simple things like remembering to take re-usable plastic carrier bags with you when you go Christmas shopping. This can make a huge difference all year round as an astounding amount end up in our oceans, causing pollution and harming wildlife. For example, a Cuvier's beaked whale died and was found to have 30 plastic bags in its stomach!
To recycle your real Christmas trees please check with your local authority on their recycling dates. Local authorities often arrange drop-off points or special collections of real trees in early January. Christmas trees are often composted or chipped which are then used in local parks or woodland areas.
Most wrapping paper is also recyclable but be aware that shiny, glitter varieties are not. If you are unsure then try the 'scrunch test', if you scrunch the paper in your hand and it stays in a ball then it can be put in the recycling bin.
We believe that it's the quality, not the quantity of presents that counts, rather than buying lots of small trinkets and gifts, it will be a lot more meaningful to friends and family if you give a thoughtful present you've spent time choosing.