Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:01

Stop the waste bin overflowing this Christmas

Post Christmas waste: wrapping paper and red bauble. Post Christmas waste: wrapping paper and red bauble.

Christmas can be a hard time on the environment. End-of-year festivities often mean mountains of discarded packaging, left-over food, as well as out-dated toys and electrical goods.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Cr Stephen Bali, is calling on Western Sydney residents to be mindful of waste over the holiday season.

“There are many ways to reduce household waste during the festive season such as using recycled wrap, sending e-cards, and choosing gifts made from natural materials,” said Cr Bali.

“Even with the best intentions we will all end up with some post-Christmas waste. Fortunately, there are ways to reuse or recycle most items.

Here are several ways to recycle or reuse common items:

  • Paper wrapping can be recycled quite easily, but the foil-based wrap can’t. Store this in the cupboard for school holiday crafts.
  • Soft plastics such as pasta and rice bags, lolly and biscuit packets as well as clean plastic wrap can now be recycled via special REDcycle bins at many major supermarkets.
  • Polystyrene from children’s toys, bulky electronics and other gifts can be recycled at selected centres in Sydney. Visit Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You website for address details.
  • Received a new phone or tablet for Christmas? Consider selling old devices, recycle unwanted phones at telephone retailers, or ask your local council about electronic waste recycling points.
  • Artificial Christmas trees cannot be recycled, but real Christmas trees can be cut up and included in green waste collection services.
  • If your wallet’s feeling a little light after Christmas, why not visit your nearest Return and Earn collection point? Start collecting all the empty bottles and cans used over Christmas for some extra cash – but remember not to crush them.
  • Prevent food waste and save money by planning meals ahead of time, writing a shopping list and sticking to it – that way you will buy only what you need.
  • Don’t throw away your left-overs. Use them the following day, or freeze for a later date. Compost and worm farms are a great way to recycle unavoidable food scraps. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for more tips on preventing food waste.

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Last modified on Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:37