- Put unused food items on Olio to share with those who live nearby
- Minimise other waste
- Check out these top tips for recycling wrapping paper – or check out this page if you live in London
- If you have a real christmas tree, there are lots of ways to recycle it. If you live in the UK, a quick search (including the name of your borough) will bring up your council’s options for recycling christmas trees
- Ask for alternative gifts instead
- Use a
The average adult spends £28 on food and drink that will get thrown away. That’s £2.4 billion in total.
300 million crackers are bought
You could gift wrap the Island of Jersey with the amount of wrapping paper thrown away each Christmas, of if you lay it out end to end it would stretch around the equator nine times or to the moon
8 million real Christmas trees are bought in the UK every year – a six foot tall artificial tree produces 40kg of emissions if thrown on a landfill, compared to a real tree which only creates 3.5kg of emissions if it’s chipped or incinerated
30 per cent more rubbish is produced over the Christmas period
37 per cent of adults said they received gifts worth an average of £54 that they did not want or use
1.5 million new items for sale were listed on eBay Boxing Day 2011.
….And check out this great infographic on 6 facts on waste at Christmas