Give a gift to the environment this Christmas by taking steps to reduce your waste, recycle wrapping, and reuse any unwanted electrical items.
According to WRAP, the UK is estimated to use almost 300,000 tonnes of card packaging at Christmas. This would cover the return distance between London and Lapland 103 times or cover Big Ben 260,000 times.
A three-month campaign has now been launched by Recycle Now to encourage the public to recycle more of their Christmas cards and wrapping paper this year. The ‘Paper and card, too valuable to discard’ campaign will run until February 2016. It aims to change behaviour, getting residents to recycle as much paper and card as they can.
Reducing our own Christmas waste
We are going one step further at Clarity to reduce our Christmas waste this year, says Communications Manager, Lucy Brooks. "We have opted to give a donation to charity in place of sending Christmas cards. This year our collection goes to Macmillan. We have also wrapped our office secret santa presents in old magazines and scrap paper, which we will then of course recycle afterwards."
Don't forget your unwanted electrical items
In addition to recycling paper and card, consumers should also make sure to recycle or reuse unwanted or broken electrical items that are replaced for new ones at Christmas. Your old kettles, televisions, electric toothbrushes or broken christmas tree lights don't have to go to waste. They may seem worthless, but are in fact full of valuable materials. Our Recycle with Clarity initiative has a network of sites across the UK that will take old and unwanted electrical items for recycling and we also work with charities that will refurbish and re-use items in good working condition.
Our top tips for looking after the environment this Christmas:
- Recycle your card and wrapping paper. Almost all card and paper can be recycled but to be sure, you can do a scrunch test and check with your local council what can go out with your recycling. Better still, if you've not yet written your cards, consider donating to charity as we are doing at Clarity and send an e-card instead. Two good deeds in one!
- Reduce food waste this Christmas by planning your meals before you shop and find recipes that will use up your leftovers. The Love Food Hate Wate website is a great resource.
- If you are lucky enough to get a new electrical item at Christmas, make sure you discard of your unwanted electrical items responsibly. Even broken items can have a use. Find a site that will recycle or reuse your electrical goods.
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