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Durkan: Reduce festive waste… 18 December 2013

Durkan encourages households to reduce and recycle festive waste


Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is encouraging householders to reduce and recycle the waste they generate over the festive holidays.

More waste is generated at Christmas than at any other time of the year. A massive 1 billion Christmas cards (17 for every man, woman and child) are sent at this time of year. An extra 30% of glass, cans, Christmas trees, cards, wrapping paper, plastic and food waste are produced across the UK. More than half of this could be recycled. 

Mark H Durkan said: “At this time of the year it is tempting to over–indulge and create a small mountain of waste in the home, especially food waste. I know I can be as guilty of this as the next person, but with a little thought and a few simple changes, we can all do our bit to help the environment as well as saving a few extra pounds – in the purse and on the waist!

“Often Christmas gifts and cooking do create more packaging and food waste than at other times of the year, so take the time to use your recycling bins and visit your local council recycling centre.

“Why not resolve to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in 2014.”

Some helpful hints to consider:

– Save on food waste – check out the website for top tips on how to get the most from the food we buy at Christmas, including delicious leftover recipes, party planning and portion sizes. 

– Reuse your old carrier bags – take carrier bags and reusable shopping bags with you when you go to the shops and if you have to buy bags during the festive season, keep them handy to reuse in future.

– Donate unwanted gifts to charity – make room for new presents and take used or unwanted toys, clothes and other gifts to local charity shops. 

– Use rechargeable batteries – save money and help reducing the millions of batteries used each year that could end up in landfill. Make sure disposable batteries are recycled. 

– Recycle! Check with your local council at on what can be recycled in your local area, and make best use of your kerbside recycling, bring banks and recycling centres. Items such as Christmas cards and envelopes, newspapers and magazines, cardboard, cereal boxes, cartons, plastic bags, tubs, trays and bottles, drink and food tins/cans, glass bottles and jars can all get a new life in 2014.

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