Recycle This Christmas


With the festivities almost here we have a few simple tips to help you have a greener Christmas:

  • Reuse old wrapping paper and make present labels using old Christmas cards. Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper. You can do a beautiful wrapping job for your gifts without having to use metallic wrapping paper. This kind of 'paper' is difficult to recycle since there are heavy metals used in it. Foil gift wrap is also harder to reuse, since it wrinkles and creases easily when the gift is being unwrapped.
  • Think carefully about the amount of food you buy. There is lots of information about portion sizes, leftover food recipes and storage tips at
  • New clothes and electrical items as presents? Don’t forget, old and unwanted textiles and small electrical items can be recycled.
  • Use LED lights as they use up to 95% less energy than larger, traditional Christmas bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors.


  • Give 'battery-free' gifts, discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Even rechargeable batteries find their way into the waste stream eventually.


  • Save any special gift wrap, ribbons and bows. When unwrapping gifts, save the paper for reuse; it can often be cut down for smaller presents. Creased wrapping can be ironed flat. Ribbons and bows are easy to save and reuse.


  • Don’t forget the garden birds. Use excess cooking fat from the goose or turkey and muesli to make your own fat balls. While the fat is still warm, spoon into muffin cases; add a hanging string or make sure they fit your bird feeder.


  • Real Christmas trees can be cut up and placed inside your compostables bin with the lid shut, or disposed of at the recycling centre in Castle Road, Rayleigh.



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