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Tips for a greener Christmas

Over Christmas and New Years we all accumulate piles of wrapping paper, packaging, paper plates, napkins and Christmas cards which means our bins are always full to the brim when they’re next collected. There are plenty of things you can do to spread your waste about and have a greener Christmas.   Christmas cards Buy recycled Christmas cards and once Christmas is over you can put the ones you’ve received in your compost bin or your recycling bin. Most supermarkets also offer Christmas card recycling. Alternatively if your family and friends have computers and internet access, why not send electronic Christmas cards instead?   Food waste bins If your council runs a food waste collection scheme fill your food waste caddy with leftovers such as; meat and bones, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags and bread. Of course, we recommend you eat as much of that delicious Christmas food as you can first! We produce council approved food waste caddies and compostable and biodegradable bin liners, to see if we’re approved by your council visit our council schemes page.   Compost bin A lot of the things you gather over Christmas can be put in your compost bin to help produce a nutritional base fertiliser for next year. Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and gift tags can be scrunched up and put into your compost bin to help create air pockets. Make sure you don’t put in any wrapping paper made from plastic film, glittered tags or sticky tape. As well as wrapping paper you can put the following in your compost bin: cardboard packaging, paper plates and napkins, party hats, terrible jokes from your Christmas cracker, cocktail sticks, oh and the mistletoe. If you haven’t got Christmas all wrapped up yet don’t forget to take a look at our Festive Offers.