Handy hints on how to have a greener Christ­mas

Bray People - - Bray People -

WHILE Christ­mas is al­ways a time to look for­ward to and cher­ish, it also throws up its own lit­tle dif­fi­cul­ties.

Firstly there is the panic to make sure the right presents are bought for every­one be­cause there’s noth­ing worse than a dis­grun­tled Un­cle up­set that he re­ceived noth­ing more than pair of match­ing Y-fronts and socks for a gift.

How­ever, an in­creas­ing prob­lem over re­cent years has been what to do with the huge amount of dis­carded Christ­mas wrap­ping from opened presents and leftover foods?

Now the EPA have come up with some sim­ple and handy waste preven­tion meth­ods so Wick­low res­i­dents can con­trib­ute to a greener Christ­mas.

Rather than giv­ing some­one an item they don’t want as a present, why not buy them a ticket or voucher to­wards a week­end break in­stead?

One third of food is nor­mally dumped by con­sumers af­ter Christ­mas be­cause they bought too much. In­stead buy enough to cover your needs and pre­vent you from hav­ing to get rid of food which has gone out of date.

Watch the por­tions you serve and only pre­pare what you know will be con­sumed.

Af­ter you have un­wrapped your presents safe the pa­per for the fol­low­ing year. Also check that any new wrap­ping pa­per bought is in fact made out of re­cy­cled pa­per.

Or­gan­ise house­hold bins, with a green bin tak­ing items like card­board, bis­cuit tins, te­tra pack car­tons, food cans and drink cans; a com­post bin tak­ing biodegrad­able waste and a gen­eral waste bin.

Buy recharge­able bat­ter­ies. If you are buy­ing presents that re­quire bat­ter­ies, make sure you buy recharge­able bat­ter­ies to go with them. When dis­pos­ing of old bat­ter­ies make sure you re­cy­cle them at your lo­cal bring banks and re­cy­cling cen­tres.

Don’t throw away your cards and re­cy­cle them.

Put left­overs into re­us­able con­tain­ers with lids in­stead of us­ing non-re­cy­clable alu­minium foil or plas­tic film.

Shop as green as you can by avoid­ing prod­ucts with lots of packaging. Buy loose veg­eta­bles rather than pack­aged and cut down on the amount of waste pro­duced by small drink con­tain­ers by pur­chas­ing large ones in­stead.

Re­cy­cle your Christ­mas tree as trees can be shred­ded and shav­ings used for land­scap­ing. Bring your Christ­mas tree to your lo­cal re­cy­cle cen­tre.

Don’t throw away un­wanted gifts and in­stead give them to any lo­cal char­ity shops.

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