'Tis the Season to Recycle
What do you feel will be missing from your Christmas this year?
lots of people round the dinner table
a trip to the theatre
It's not ideal is it? However, there is maybe one thing that you could have less of this year without feeling deprived in any way. In fact, it might make you feel rather good about Christmas 2020.
How about trying to having less waste?
We know that, generally, households produce up to 30% more waste at Christmas than at any other time of the year.
Of course, the best way to have less waste is to reduce the volume coming into our home. There's a reason for the three R's being in the order they are:
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle
Reducing is the priority, with the other two following in importance.
However, let's accept that we are likely to have more of everything - food, gifts, wrapping paper, cards - at this time, so recycling has an important role to play.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) recently released figures from 2018 showing that for the second year in a row more household waste was recycled than was sent to landfill (1.07 million tonnes landfilled, 1.03 million tonnes recycled).
Paper and cardboard remains the largest volume of material recycled (19%), with glass the second most recycled material. Plastic recycling is the new kid on the block and has increased year on year for the past seven years.
So the trend is going in the right direction but you can see that the difference in landfilled and recycled goods is not huge. It is worth checking just what can be recycled in your area. You may get a surprise. Apart from the very obvious, glass, paper and cardboard and tin cans, what else might you be able to recycle?
oil, whether that's cooking oil or motor oil
metals, not just your tin cans, but screws, nails, shelving
electrical equipment and electronics
wood, whether it's offcuts or pieces of furniture
As well as putting our your recycling for collection, or taking it to your recycling centre, remember that you can also recycle good quality items by
giving them to a charity shop
selling, or giving them away, online on sites such as ebay, gumtree or freecycle
passing them on to a friend
We know that many people receive Christmas gifts that were given with the best of intentions but are just not what they want. During December we had a re-gifting table at our Community Wardrobe and it was great to see so many previously unwanted gifts taken away to be given to someone else. Truly one person's trash is another person's treasure.