Let’s make sure it’s not only the tree that’s ‘green’ this Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

With the festivities almost upon us we have a few simple tips to help you have a greener and less wasteful Christmas:

  • Reuse old wrapping paper and make present labels using old Christmas cards. Avoid buying glossy foil or 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.
  • Why not try fabric Christmas wrapping, it’s a great investment, as it can be used for years to come.
  • Think carefully about the amount of food you buy. There is lots of information about portion sizes, leftover food recipes and storage tips on the Love Food Hate Waste website.
  • 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.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Dave Sperring, said: “During the festive season I would urge residents to continue to recycle and reuse as much as they can. Our social media will be sharing lots of tips and videos on how you can have a greener Christmas.

“We always produce so much more waste at this time of the year, from packaging to food left overs, so it’s even more important we think about what we throw away and that everything is put into the correct bins so that as much waste is diverted from landfill as possible”.

For more tips on how to have a ‘Green Christmas’ visit the Love Essex website.