Handy hints on how to have a greener Christmas
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 Instead buy enough to cover your needs and prevent you from having to get rid of food which has gone out of date.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.