Packing away Christmas

January 2, 2017

Tradition has it that it’s bad luck to leave Christmas decorations on show beyond the twelfth night of Christmas. We don’t know about bad luck, but we do know that an awful lot of Christmas waste gets thrown away around 5th or 6th January when most people are taking down and packing away the decorations.

The post Christmas clean up creates a lot of waste. For example, each january an estimated 1 billion Christmas cards, 250 tonnes of Christmas trees, and 500 tonnes of broken / unwanted Christmas tree lights are discarded.

When you are tidying up after the Christmas (and New Year) please do remember to reuse or recycle as much of your unwanted stuff as possible.

Most people know that their Christmas cards can be put in their kerbside paper / card collections, and that charity shops will accept unwanted ornaments. But did you know that you could also eat your Christmas tree?

If that’s a bit hard to stomach, consider taking your (real) tree to your local Recycling and Household Waste Site (tip) instead of cramming it into the bin. Tips will also accept broken lights, Christmas cards, and also the stacks of empty bottles left over from the New Year’s celebrations. Find the opening times of your nearest site here.
Oh, and here’s a quick tip for making your Christmas lights last until next year: