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Going green this Christmas

by Cathy Sheel

Around 30% more waste is produced over the festive period, but there are lots of little things we can all do to help.

Festive facts

Did you know?
More than six million real Christmas trees were bought in the UK last year. Most of these ended up in landfill – creating over 9,000 tonnes of additional rubbish and an extra 16kg of carbon per tree.
What can I do?
Real Christmas trees can be recycled. You can recycle your real Christmas trees between Sunday,  27 December to Sunday 10 January 2021 by dropping them off at: Halewood Park • Stadt Moers Park, Whiston • Millbrook Park Millennium Green, Kirkby • Court Hey Park, Huyton • Holy Family Social Club, Cronton.
Or you can take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Huyton and Kirkby. (These are open every day, 8am – 5pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.)

Did you know?
One billion Christmas cards are sent in the UK every year, which end up in the bin following the festivities.
What can I do?
These can be recycled in your grey bin (not handmade cards), or have you thought of sending an E-card.  These can be personalised for little or no expense, with photographs of your family or pets.

Did you know?
When laid end to end, the sheets of wrapping paper we throw away in the UK would stretch to the moon.
What can I do?
Wrapping paper (not foil type) can be recycled in your grey bin but please remove all the sticking tape and bows first.  Do the ‘scrunch’ test if you’re not sure.  Paper wrapping paper will scrunch up into a ball and this can go into your grey bin.

Did you know?
This Christmas we will consume almost 5.5 million jars of mincemeat, 12 million jars of pickles and 6.5 million jars of cranberry sauce. If all these glass jars were recycled, it would save enough energy to boil water for 60 million cups of tea.
What can I do?
Glass jars can be recycled in the grey bin. Alternatively, store the jars and use them for jam or pickle making.

Did you know?
The waste created in Britain over Christmas is equivalent to 400,000 double decker buses, which would stretch all the way from London to New York City.
What can I do?

  • Look for products that have less packaging and buy your meat off the meat counter or butcher, and your fruit and veg loose or from greengrocers and farmers’ markets. If it has to be packaged, try to buy it packaged in material that can easily be recycled.
  • Make sure you know what you can recycle in your grey and blue bins – further information on http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/bins,-waste-and-environment/putting-your-bins-out.aspx or recycleright.org.uk and visiting local bring banks where a wider variety of items can be recycled.
  • Donate your old toys, games, clothes, furniture, electricals and bric-a-brac to a local charity shops or reuse centres. Alternatively, raise some cash by selling good-quality items through online auction sites or second-hand sites (try Ebay or Preloved) as well as newspaper classifieds or supermarket noticeboards.