Published 04 December 2017

Over the festive period we buy, eat and celebrate more than at any other time of the year, and we produce a lot more waste. Here are some easy ways to stay on the environment’s nice list this Christmas.

  • Popular Christmas items like foil baking trays, aluminium foil, plastic and glass bottles, and cardboard boxes can all be placed in your household recycling bin.
  • Avoid wrapping where possible. While most Christmas wrapping (with sticky tape still attached) can be recycled, much of the glossy or foil gift wrap that’s popular at this time of the year can’t be, neither can many of the ribbons, especially those containing wire mesh. Why not pop your presents in reusable gift boxes or if you really have to go for the wrap then opt for recycled paper. And remember, if it can’t be recycled, leftover wrapping paper, cards and gift tags are ideal for children’s art and craft activities.
  • Keep plastic bags away from the household recycling bin. After you’ve returned from shopping you will most likely have a number of plastic bags. While they can be reused, they can also be recycled. Look for the plastic bag recycling collection bin at your nearest supermarket. To find out which supermarkets accept plastic bags visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au
  • Keep a lid on your food waste by planning your festive feast. Christmas can generate a lot of food waste, in fact, almost half of all waste to landfill is food. Consider how you can you use leftovers to feed your family, and for unavoidable food scraps, place these in your compost bin or green organics bin.
  • Plastic plates, cups and cutlery can also be recycled. Remove food scraps and place them into your recycling bin. Using re-usable plates, cups and cutlery is even better for the environment.
  • If Santa brings you a new mobile phone this year, remember to find a home for your old one. You can sell it online, give it to a family member or friend, or recycle it using the drop off station in the Civic Centre foyer. Our recycling station also accepts household batteries and printer cartridges.

Our final tip is to pick up a Mini Muncher kitchen caddy from the Tea Tree Gully Library before Christmas. You’ll be provided with a small bench top bin, sticker pack and a roll of compostable bags to manage all your festive food scraps. These bags can be placed into your green organics bin. Get the kids involved and turn your Mini Muncher into a monster food scrap muncher with the free sticker pack.

Have a wonderful Christmas!