Are you dreaming of a green Christmas?

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December 2019

There’s an average 30% increase in waste over the festive season. Check out the tips and information below to ensure you have a ‘green’ and pleasant Christmas. You may also save money too! 

Wrapping paper alternatives

Alternative wrapping paper

Instead of using wrapping paper, which is difficult to recycle, why not use fabric, brown paper or newspaper. It’s a great way to reduce waste and can look great too! There are lots of wrapping paper alternatives on Recycle Devon.

You can also give Christmas cards a new life. Be ready for next year and make gift tags out of this year’s Christmas cards.

Reduce food waste

Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve celebrations all mean one thing – cupboards stocked with food. WRAP estimates almost a third of all food purchased is chucked away. To remove the guesswork of how much to cook, check out the party food planner from Love Food Hate Waste

And for food that doesn’t get eaten, why not fridge it or freeze it? You’d be amazed at how many foods you can freeze. Transform yesterday’s Christmas excess into tomorrow’s freezable dishes with tips from Recycle Devon.

Recycle your real Christmas tree

Recycle your Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees are 100% recyclable and can be shredded and composted at home, put out for collection via your local council or taken for composting to your nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Check your local council for details on recycling real Christmas trees in your area.

Reuse and recycle electrical items

Reuse and recycle electrical items

Have you asked for any electrical items this Christmas? Don’t forget that when the spark’s gone from your old electrical equipment there are many things you can do to stop it from going to disposal. Recycle Devon has many tips on reusing and recycling unwanted electrical items.

Check your collection days

Check your collection days

Finally, don’t get snowed under this Christmas. Check your household collection days and recycling facility opening times over Christmas.

Remember items like cardboard, cans and bottles can all be recycled, as well as many other items. Let's recycle as much as we can over the festive period (as well as all other times of year too!) Recycle Devon have information on what you can recycle in your area, and when your waste and recycling collection days are over the holidays.

Thank you for recycling in Devon!

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