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Recycling Christmas waste

With Christmas just around the corner, there are a number of ways that you can reduce the impact your celebrations have on the environment.

Christmas parties, huge meals and mountains of presents almost always results in lots of wastage such as packaging, paper, food waste, cans and bottles. If you do decide that you want to get on top of your Christmas recycling then it’s important that you know what you can and can’t recycle throughout the day.

As you all gather under the tree and unwrap your presents and open cards, you should remember that all paper based and cardboard based packaging can be recycled. Foil paper and cards however cannot normally be recycled and must instead go in with your general waste.

As for all the delicious food like turkey, stuffing, mince pies and puddings, be sure to only buy what you expect to eat and never do your purchases on an empty stomach. Last year it’s estimated that 4.2 million Christmas dinners were wasted – so buy a little less this year and enjoy the savings you’ll incur. In Leicester, orange bags can be used for most food packaging such as glass bottles, cartons, drinks cans, food tins, and foil trays, cardboard and plastic containers. You can your compost vegetables but its best to put discarded meat and fish in the general waste bin. Composting meat, fish or dairy can attract pests.

If you’ve bought a real tree instead of an eco-friendly one then you’ll need to have it recycled or disposed of. Most councils tend to arrange street side collections in the surrounding weeks of Christmas for which you should enquire with them directly.

We take recycling seriously at LSPS. For more information or to find out how we can help with your waste disposal efforts, please visit our website or call us on freephone 0800 083 7807.

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