Many of us look forward to the holidays because of the gift-giving, family reunions and festivities. Of course, this is also the perfect season to treat other people with greater kindness. In addition to this, the holidays also present several opportunities for us to help the environment. It is alarming to find that rubbish volumes rise by 30% around the Christmas season.
Homeowners should have a proper waste management plan put into place before the holidays. Moreover, it would be helpful to know which decorations and other items are recyclable. As such, we’ve put together this article to share some tips on how you can recycle during the festive season.
Whilst you’re shopping for Christmas gifts, you should be conscious of your wrapping selection and purchases. Recyclers often reject traditional types of wrapping paper, which are those that are plastic-coated or waxy. So, you should work to select a recyclable material that does not possess these attributes. It is worth noting that there are also options that do not contain lamination, dye or non-paper additives such as coloured shapes, foil and glitter. Added materials such as these can contaminate the paper, ridding it of opportunities to be recycled. There are other ways to show your loved ones you care, and you can still do that, through using fabric bags or reusable containers.
An excellent tip for determining whether you can recycle a wrapping paper is by subjecting it to the Scrunch Test. Trying crumpling the paper into a ball. If it stays scrunched, then it is most likely recyclable. Here are more tips on recycling your wrapping paper from the holidays:
- Keep the ribbons, gift bags and bows so that you can use them the following year.
- Purchase recycled gift wrappers.
- Repurpose household items and paper in the house to wrap gifts.
- Save the wrappers from the gifts you receive and use them to pack or protect holiday packages.
Of course, you cannot recycle your tissue paper. However, you can always place it in your compost bin. You may be planning to recycle gift wrappers. If so, it would still be a great idea to contact your recycling coordinator to know whether they accept such items.
Are you planning to display a real tree this Christmas? Well, you should keep your tree’s disposal method in mind after the holiday season. It is best to bring it to a chipper. This way, the rubbish can be used as mulch instead of taking up more space in a landfill. We know how troublesome it can be to get rid of a tree. So, make sure you check out our tips for handling Christmas mess.
You may want to send an electronic card this year. After all, it is the gesture and thought that counts. All the while, you can save money and resources. For the cards you receive, we suggest that you take photos of them, then recycle the paper afterwards. This way, you can still have a keepsake of the message that your loved ones sent to you.
Batteries and Electronics
If you give or receive items with batteries this Christmas, opt for rechargeable ones. Doing so will help lower toxic rubbish that ends up in the landfill. In the long run, it will also save you money because you will not have to buy batteries as often. If you’re going to replace old electronic items and appliances, we’d recommend that you take them to a recycling centre. This way, hazardous and valuable metals can be recovered and repurposed.
Sadly, the magical beauty of your Christmas lights won’t last forever. Over time, they give out due to several reasons. Perhaps, you’ll step on them accidentally, or your kids will break them apart after playing tug of war. Whatever the reason may be, you can bring them to your local recycler. They should be able to salvage some useful metals for repurposing.
Additional Recycling Tips for the Festive Season
Here at A’n’K Budget Bins, we want our customers to enjoy a fun and safe holiday season. We understand that this is a particular time for getting together with friends and family. Even though this season is all about festivities, it is still a perfect time to make a difference. You can use this season as an opportunity to recycle and minimise waste. We’ve listed some holiday recycling ideas and some junk removal tips:
- Keep separate recycling bins for bottles, paper, and cans for all your parties.
- Use shredded newspaper for packing cushions instead of packing peanuts.
- Whenever possible, compost all excess food.
- Consider purchasing environmentally-friendly gifts.
- Opt for reusable, durable serving ware and plates whenever possible.
- Choose decorations that you can use for several years to come.
Aside from these tips, we’d also recommend that you hire a skip bin for your waste disposal needs. As you can see, it can be challenging to segregate your rubbish. What’s more, it can be inconvenient and time-consuming to make trips to the recycling centre. Well, you will be delighted to know that at A’n’K Budget Bins, we’ve partnered with a licensed sorting facility. So, all you need to do is place the rubbish in the bin, and we’ll take care of salvaging the waste for redistribution and reuse.
To book a bin, contact the friendly sales staff at A’n’K Budget Bins today!