We’re being offered some tips to help cut our waste in Westham, Polegate and Stone Cross this festive season.
Over Christmas we generate around 30% more waste. But it’s no reason not be happy. Most of it can be reduced, reused or recycled.
So, let’s keep with the festive spirit and make this Christmas and New Year the best ever month for reducing our waste.
“With just a little thought, we can make Christmas a happy one for the environment as well as for family and friends,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member with responsibility for Waste Management.
Here are some ideas on how to make Christmas less wasteful:
- Planning for Christmas helps everyone save time and money. Try the Love Food Hate Waste online portion planner whether you're cooking for your family or a party.
- Think about free Christmas eCards. Save paper and postage costs this Christmas and send an electronic ecard or make your own video greeting to send to friends and family.
- Buy waste-free gifts. Rather than spending money on unwanted gifts, why not give vouchers, experience days or membership of organisations to friends and family?
- Buy recyclable wrapping paper without any foil and glitter and reuse your paper where possible for next year.
After the party's over…
- Make the most of your kerbside recycling collections and recycle all your wrapping paper, cards, cardboard packaging, cans, foil, drinks cartons, plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays, glass bottles and jars.
- You can also take these items to a Neighbourhood Recycling Point or Household Waste Recycling Site.
- Recycle your Christmas tree – You can recycle your real Christmas tree in your brown bin once you have finished with it. Make sure you remove all decorations from the tree before putting it in the bin. If you do not have a brown bin collection, then you can take your tree to your local Household Waste Recycling Site.
- Use up your leftovers – There are lots of tasty Christmas left over recipes that will give you some great alternatives to the classic turkey sandwich.
- Unwanted Christmas presents – an estimated £42 million worth of unwanted Christmas gifts are thrown away each year. Don’t leave unwanted presents to clutter up your house but take them to your local charity shop or offer them on online reuse sites such as Freegle or Freecycle.
If you are cleaning out the fireplace or log burner, please remember NOT to put any hot ashes into your bins.
Wealden District Council’s Waste Management team wishes you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.