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Top tips to reduce, reuse and #recycle4Christmas

13th December 2018 Posted by

Posted by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

In the UK, we create a much higher proportion of waste during the festive period, in fact research shows that in the UK we generate 30% more waste than usual, which includes two million turkeys and six million Christmas trees!

With this in mind, we thought we would share our favourite recycling tips and reuse hacks of how we can all #recycle4Christmas and make our white Christmas green in 2018.

Don’t miss our Christmas Competition at the bottom of the blog for your chance to win a reusable bamboo coffee cup!

Here are a few of our favourites…

1. Real Christmas trees are recyclable – be sure to find your local recycling centre where your tree can be shredded into chippings which can then be used locally in parks or woodland areas

Christmas tree recycling

2. Recycled gifts, we love this innovative way that used products are up-cycled into something with a new purpose

recycled gifts

3. Christmas card recycling – Christmas cards with glitter and ribbons on are difficult to recycle, you could reuse them to make bunting, decorations or even gift tags for next year’s presents

Paper Christmas Decoation Card

4. Alternatives to wrapping paper – buck the trend and use an alternative material to wrap your gifts this year

Christmas gift wrapped in newspaper.

5. Could you be creative with your leftovers? LoveFoodHateWaste share top tips and fresh ideas for storing and using up leftovers during the festive season – including this last minute Christmas cake

love food, hate waste - last miute Chrtistmas cake

6. What a corker! A great idea is to reuse bottle corks as a unique decoration! Don’t forget to recycle the glass bottles too

Creative christmas wreath of wine corks, pine cones and red bow on door

7. Switch to LED fairy lights – LED lights typically use between 25-80% less energy than traditional bulbs

Close-Up Woman Holding Led Lights

8. This Christmas, don’t put your small electrical items in the bin, you can take them to your local household waste recycling centre

WEEE Waste - recycle4Christmas

9. Want to recycle your wrapping paper this festive season but don’t know if you can? Simply apply the scrunch test method to see if it is recyclable

The Scrunch Test

Want to #recycle your wrapping paper this #festiveseason but don't know if you can? Simply apply the scrunch test method as seen in the video below. No glittery, plastic or foil wrapping paper. #recycleseason #recycle4Christmas

Posted by SUEZ UK on Wednesday, 28 December 2016

10. Last but by no means least, our Christmas tree at our head office in Maidenhead, is decorated with up-cycled single-use plastic and glass bottles!

SUEZ head office Christmas Tree

Christmas competition

Win a reusable bamboo mug!

Share your favourite recycling and reuse hacks on Twitter and Facebook using the #recycle4Christmas to enter our Christmas competition* to win a reusable bamboo mug to help you reduce single use in 2019!

bamboo mug competition

Merry Christmas and happy New Year from all of us at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK!

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