Christmas Waste

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The amount of Christmas waste we produce each year is on the increase, whether it be the 300,000 tonnes of card packaging or the equivalent of 2 million turkeys. But is there anything we can do to overcome this issue.


According to research in 2012, each year the UK throws away around 74 million mince pies, the equivalent of 2 million turkeys and the equivalent of 5 million Christmas puddings. The cost to the environment from all this Christmas waste is huge as also is the loss financially. Each household wastes 30 per cent more and spends £169 more at Christmas and that’s just on food.


Due to the fact that recycling varies from place to place depending where you live the first step people can take is to find out what provisions exist in their local area. Many local councils do put in extra measures in order to cope with the excess waste over the Christmas period.


About 40 per cent of rubbish comes from paper, card, glass, plastic and other materials that can be recycled. Around 30 per cent is food waste, which many councils will collect and recycle separately. There are 2 main reasons as to why food is wasted. Either it doesn’t get eaten before it goes off or too much is cooked and served. Planning is key to food waste and by simply not over buying and using up leftovers the amount of food waste created could drastically be reduced.


Another way to reduce Christmas waste would be to try and use paper that is recyclable when buying cards and wrapping paper. A good test with paper is if it holds it shape when scrunched then it is recycle, things like glitter and ribbons are best avoided. Also where possible buy items with minimal packaging or in packaging that can be recycled.



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