5 easy ways to recycle after Christmas
When the holiday season ends and the magic slowly fades away, we are left with an abundance of rubbish after Christmas, which reminds us of the beautiful gifts we’ve received not to long ago. However, it’s time to let go and start the process of de-cluttering. While we are tempted to choose the no-fuss, easy way out and throw everything into the black bin, it is important to try our best and recycle as much as possible. This will not only make you feel like a rockstar for doing something good, but it will also prolong the lifespan of our beautiful Earth, which means many more Christmases to come!
We’ve put together 5 easy tricks and tips to help you recycle after Christmas ends:
1. O Christmas Tree!
Christmas wouldn’t be as magical without a Christmas tree in your living room (or every room, if you want to go a bit overboard). Choosing an artificial one, which can be reused every year, is a great option. However, if you prefer having a natural one, it is best to opt for a potted one which you can replant when Christmas is finished. A great way to recycle a Christmas tree if you are located in London, is by hiring a rubbish removal company. You can also choose to leave the tree next to the bins and wait for it to be picked up.
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2. Wrapping Paper
We carefully choose the wrapping paper to make our gifts look fabulous and festive. While metallic or plastic wrapping paper cannot be recycled, you can opt for ones made out of paper. They can still look beautiful and you can recycle them once Christmas is over.
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3. Cardboard Boxes
Online shopping has become extremely popular over the past few years, after all, who doesn’t like having stuff delivered straight to their doorstep? But this means the number of cardboard boxes increases, and after Christmas, we are left with piles of boxes waiting to be disposed of. A trick to maximise the efficiency of the recycling process is to break down the boxes. This will help save space and means you can recycle more into a small space. However, make sure to remove the sticky tape from them, as it is not recyclable.
4. Christmas Cards
Usually, the average person receives one Christmas card per friend/family member. If you are the nostalgic type, then recycling doesn’t apply to you as you will choose the ones to keep and keep them in a safe place. But if you want to de-clutter your home, you can choose to recycle them, depending on the material they are made of. Make sure you remove any ribbons or plastic envelops first.
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5. Disposable plates, napkins and kitchen towels
It is best to choose reusable plates and cutlery in favour of disposables if possible, however if you have used soiled paper cups, plates and napkins, you need to know these are not recyclable and should be put into the general bin. The same goes for disposables made from plastic, and for paper towels as the fabric they are made of is too loose to recycle. If you have pizza boxes sitting around the house you should know that the myth of them not being recycled is false. But you need to make sure you take out any sheet of waxed paper that is usually found between the box and the pizza, before putting them into the recycling bin.
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