Where and how to recycle Xmas waste

by EcoStreet on January 6, 2009

in Recycling, Sustainable Lifestyle

Christmas waste

Christmas waste paper that could be recycled

I can’t help feeling that the guy whose birth Christmas is supposed to be about celebrating would be appalled if he saw the amount of waste that was being created in his name. What do you think?

But, Christmas being what it is, we wake up from our excesses in January with an increased waistline, and wasteline. So, in full damage limitation mode, here’s what to do with all that stuff you don’t need anymore now that Xmas is over.

Firstly, all those unwanted Xmas gifts. You know, the sort that that you get from extended family who insist on buying something for everyone, no matter how awful. The peach nightgown, cheap perfume, desk toys that went out of fashion in the 80s. Pile them all into a big bag and head off to a local charity shop. This is such a good system because you get rid of what you don’t want without it going in the bin, and the charity gets to raise some money to do good.

If you’re finding it hard to part with the unwanted gift because it’s worth a few bob, give Recycle a Gift a go, or eBay it if you prefer.

Then there are those cards. A great pile of them. The Woodland Trust is collecting used Christmas cards for recycling at WHSmith, Tesco, TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer during January. Recycling cards generates money that is used to plant trees. In fact, if everyone in the UK recycled just one card each through this scheme, it would be able to plant 15,000 trees.*

Wrapping paper can be reused for any number of different projects like CD covers, origami or papier mache.

Cardboard boxes can be played with before recycling.

Remember, reuse comes before recycle.

*source: edie

Photo credit: claytron


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Each One Counts January 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Hi Tracy

If anyone was lucky enough to receive a new mobile phone for Christmas and has a phone to recycle, you can get a FREEPOST envelope from our site: http://www.eachonecounts.co.uk We donate to charity for each phone listed on our online ‘checker’.

For Christmas 07, British households received an estimated 11 million new mobiles and thousands of ‘old’ phones were simply thrown out (similar numbers were expected for Christmas 08 too). In fact, our research found that 57% people currently don’t recycle their phones – which is a huge loss of not only valuable metals, but also potential income for charities too.

Many thanks,
Each One Counts


Annie Bankss January 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

thanx for the info. I can already see mt christmas mess getting cleared.

Annie Bankss
Save Our Planet


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