Christmas is a time for family, fun and faith for many. But with the love comes a whole lot of, often unrecyclable, waste: shiny wrapping paper, polystyrene packaging, those plastic thingies inside crackers.
Then, there are the unwanted or used-once gifts: beauty giftsets, Rudolf jumpers, electronic puppies.
And let’s not forget, leftover turkey legs and boiled Brussel sprouts, a few too many mince pies, and Christmas cake in the tin until Easter.
So, if you want to reduce your waste, then join us for 24 Days to a Waste-Free Christmas.
Every day, from 1 December until 24 December, through the windows of our very special advent calendar, you’ll find a tip that’ll help you reduce waste whilst ensuring you have an indulgent yet sustainable festive season. A Christmas that takes stock of the Climate Emergency. What more could anyone want?!
Some staggering stats about waste at Christmas in the UK
- 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be chucked away and not recycled.
- 227,000 miles of wrapping paper will go straight in the bin.
- 115 million presents will not be wanted, wasting a whopping £2.2 billion.
- The equivalent of four million Christmas dinners will rot in the bin.
- 29,000 tonnes of extra waste will be thrown away in the two weeks between Christmas and the New Year in just London.
With the North London Waste Authority’s 24 days to a Waste Free Christmas you can knock the stuffing out of these seriously shocking statistics. By just taking one or more actions, together we can make significant steps towards wasting less this Christmas.