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Recycle after Christmas...

December 12th 2013
By: Melanie Hollidge

With recycling high on our list of ‘things to do more of’ in 2014, now is the perfect time to really get started and make a difference.
 
After Christmas we all tend to have a big tidy up.  When the decorations are taken down on twelfth night, the last day of the Christmas festivities, we need to think carefully about recycling and rubbish – rather than just stuffing it all in one bin.  Cards and wrapping paper, even those with glitter and foil can be recycled at most recycling centres – check with your local centre just to make sure.  Details are regularly updated online.
 
The UK recycling sector generates a huge amount of money for the economy – over £13 billion annually in the sales of recycled materials and currently employs over 40,000 people.
 
Christmas trees can be recycled with your household rubbish collections – most local councils offer a kerbside collection to make it even easier for you.
 
Bottles from the celebrations can be taken to bottle banks if your regular collection bins are full.  Glass is ideal for recycling – it can be recycled time and time again without the clarity deteriorating.   Did you know that glass products can use up to 90% recycled material?
 
Charity shops are an ideal place to take your unwanted presents – the charity benefits and so will the new owner, you might even be able to pick up something for yourself while you’re there.
 
To reduce the amount of products that will need recycling next year, why not make your own wrappings out of brown paper and decorate it with ribbons and stickers, or use scarves and fabric which can be used as gifts as well. Use Christmas cards as tags for presents, cut them up and get creative – the children can even join in too.