Gift of recycling
IT’S the most wonderful time of the year to give back to the planet by reducing and recycling waste.
That’s the message from Hannah Beazley at WA Return Recycle Renew, who is gearing up for the rollout of the state’s container deposit scheme.
Use of drink containers peaks during the festive season, so the waste warrior’s Christmas wish is for everyone to get into the habit of recycling.
“Think about reducing waste by buying larger bottles and using glasses or recyclable paper cups,” she said. “Make the most of your yellow bin but from June 2, 2020, you can cash in eligible containers for 10 cents at designated refund points.”
The busy mum of two also considers what the family gifts and how.
“I’m a bit of throwback – I wrap most of our gifts in Christmas tea towels and rattan,” she said.
“If you have to use paper, make sure it’s recyclable rather than cellophane or shiny foil.”
Ms Beazley shared her other plans:
■ I love giving homemade gingerbread cookie mix in a reusable jar with baking directions on the label, all wrapped in a Christmas tea towel; or succulents we grow from cuttings during the year, put into yoghurt tubs decorated by the kids.
■ I’ve tried to think about the footprint of what I’m giving and how it might inspire or make it easy for other people to reduce waste – my Kris Kringles this year are reusable cutlery.
■ If we can’t avoid using paper plates and napkins, we skip the wax and make sure they can go into the compost or Food Organics, Garden Organics (green-lidded) bin.