Whether you are giving gifts over the holidays or having a big get-together with family and friends, it’s easy to see the bin filling up.

To help you keep on top of your rubbish, we put together this list of tips. However you are spending the holidays, we hope you have a wonderful time.

  1. Buy recycled wrapping paper or paper without foil or glitter so it can be recycled. You can also buy re-usable fabric gift wrap.Buy recycled Christmas cards
  2. Christmas cards can be recycled if they are just card without fancy decorations. Cards with glitter or decoration can be cut up to use to make gift tags for next year.
  3. Do whatever wrapping you can before your last pre-Christmas collection. This way, any waste you produce can be thrown away or recycled before the bin collections stop for the holidays.
  4. Squash all your plastics and collapse cardboard boxes to save space in your blue bin.
  5. If you’re having people over for a party, try sticking to your normal crockery instead of buying paper plates and plastic cups. This will save loads of room in the bin even if there is a bit more washing up to do.
  6. Instead of throwing away your vegetable peelings, turn them into compost. It’s great for your garden and the environment.
  7. If you need to change the batteries in any of your appliances, you can recycle the old ones at the battery recycling points in most supermarkets. When you get your new ones, try using rechargeable batteries to reduce how many get thrown away or recycled!
  8. Homemade gifts are a great option: they are a fun and personal approach to present-giving, and you can decide exactly how much packaging you use.
  9. When you get something new, instead of throwing the old item away, give it a new home. Charity shops are always looking for sellable goods, and using Freecycle is a great way to pass on your stuff.
  10. If you’re wrapping up a delicate item, try padding it with shredded paper instead of foam peanuts or anything plastic. Shredded paper can then be composted or recycled.
  11. If you get any new electricals, the old ones can be recycled at Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre.Recycle your real Christmas trees
  12. If you have a real Christmas tree, this can be also recycled at Raynesway. The site is open every day from 8.00am until 6.00pm, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Just remember to take your lights and decorations off first so you can use them again next year.
  13. Check out Love Food Hate Waste to find some yummy recipes to use up your leftovers. There are ideas for leftover turkey, potatoes, sprouts and other holiday staples.
  14. Give experiences as gifts. Tickets to concerts, gift cards for restaurants, spa experiences and so on can make for great zero-waste presents.

Remember, when bin collections start again in January, you can leave out a few extra bags. More information and details about the collection schedule can be found in this article.