Useful Christmas recycling tips

Charlotte Miller

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As much as we all love Christmas, one thing we wish we could avoid is the mess and waste it produces! Whether it be decorations, wrapping paper, food leftovers, advent calendars or anything else specific to this time of year – once the Christmas period is over, you’re going to want to dispose of it correctly. But how exactly can you do this effectively?

In this blog post, we’re here to offer some pointers so you can restore your house to its sparkling best post-Christmas.

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Know what you can recycle

When there is so much rubbish to keep track of, it’s easy to forget what exactly can be recycled and what can’t. Recycling companies also take a Christmas break, but to be ready for when they return, here are some of the Christmas based items you can leave at your designated recycling point.

  • Wrapping paper
  • Drinks cans and glass bottles
  • Plastic tubs and bottles
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas crackers

If you’re unsure whether you can recycle a specific item, get in touch with your local recycling company and we’re sure they will be happy to help.

It’s important that you recycle the right items, as this helps to reduce pollution caused by the use of raw materials. By recycling, you can help lessen the amount of energy used in this process. So you should pay close attention to how much you’re recycling, and what exactly can be recycled to create a brand new product.

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Here are some Christmas materials that you shouldn’t recycle:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Unwanted toys
  • Batteries

How to recycle a Christmas tree

It’s an unfortunate statistic that almost 160,000 tonnes of trees are thrown away after Christmas, with many people not even considering recycling them. When you’re ready to dispose of your tree, why not try to reduce your carbon footprint and utilise this easy method of waste removal?

Luckily, as your tree is primarily made from wood, it can be reused in a variety of ways. For example, during the remaining cold winter months, why not chop up said wood and use it to keep your room warm for those cosy nights in?

Another ‘green’ way in which you can use the remnants of your tree is to use the needles as mulch. By placing these over your grass, you can prevent it from freezing over in sub-zero temperatures and also decrease the chances of soil erosion.

Hire a skip

Arguably, the best way of getting rid of all of your rubbish at once is by hiring a skip. This allows you to dispose of many materials in one go, knowing they will be recycled safely and effectively.

Just simply pick your size and a time that suits you, and your chosen skip hire company will do the rest. As part of skip hire in Bolton, for example, you can book a skip in a matter of a few clicks. Be sure to book early so you’re guaranteed the use of a skip over Christmas. No matter how much waste you’re looking to throw away, a domestic skip could be the solution.