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Ways to reduce waste over Christmas

As we approach Christmas, it’s good to keep thinking about our environment and how we can lessen our impact on it while still enjoying the season of giving.  Please follow the link provided to find out more tips on ways to reduce waste over Christmas.

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Derby City Council

“Whether you are giving gifts over the holidays or having a big get-together with family and friends, it’s easy to see the bin filling up.

To help you keep on top of your rubbish, we put together this list of tips. However you are spending the holidays, we hope you have a wonderful time.

1. Buy recycled wrapping paper or paper without foil or glitter so it can be recycled. You can also buy re-usable fabric gift wrap.
2. Christmas cards can be recycled if they are just card without fancy decorations. Cards with glitter or decoration can be cut up to use to make gift tags for next year.
3. Do whatever wrapping you can before your last pre-Christmas collection. This way, any waste you produce can be thrown away or recycled before the bin collections stop for the holidays.
4. Squash all your plastics and collapse cardboard boxes to save space in your blue bin.
5. If you’re having people over for a party, try sticking to your normal crockery instead of buying paper plates and plastic cups. This will save loads of room in the bin even if there is a bit more washing up to do.
6. Instead of throwing away your vegetable peelings, turn them into compost. It’s great for your garden and the environment.
7. If you need to change the batteries in any of your appliances, you can recycle the old ones at the battery recycling points in most supermarkets. When you get your new ones, try using rechargeable batteries to reduce how many get thrown away or recycled!
8. Homemade gifts are a great option: they are a fun and personal approach to present-giving, and you can decide exactly how much packaging you use.
9. When you get something new, instead of throwing the old item away, give it a new home. Charity shops are always looking for sellable goods, and using Freecycle is a great way to pass on your stuff.
10. If you’re wrapping up a delicate item, try padding it with shredded paper instead of foam peanuts or anything plastic. Shredded paper can then be composted or recycled.”

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