Eat, drink and be messy
Christmas is a time of celebration, where we enjoy festive food and drink – exchange gifts and visit friends and family. We decorate the home with a variety of decorations and choose the perfect tree Some like to go out, enjoy time away from the workplace, attend festive parties and bring in the new year.
The result of all these festivities mean Christmas is the highest waste producing season – with 72% of Brits admitting that they aren’t conscious of how they dispose of their waste.
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A typical UK household like yours generates over three black bags of packaging each Christmas.
For example, the Bank of England report that our spending habits change in the run-up to Christmas, and in December the average UK household spends 29% more than is usual. As a result, the amount we waste at home mirrors that closely. Typically, Household waste increases by around 30% during the festive period, making it one of the most wasteful times of the year.
Did you know:
. Up to 70% of our waste can be recycled or reused
. Recycling every single newspaper would save 250 million trees annually.
. Just one tonne of recycled paper would save 17 trees, 18.7 square feet of landfill space, and a vast 4,000 kilowatts of electricity.
Our Top Tips:
Only buy what you need
Buy reusable items
Plan your meals ahead of time
Use up leftovers – lots of great recipes – here’s a few of our favourites!
Recycle cards or send a Christmas email message
Christmas Tree Recycle Charities
Re-use wrapping paper (where possible!)
Bulk buy presents in one / two deliveries – shopping trips
Here at Transcover we provide a full range of systems to ensure the waste material travels securely all over the UK. Check out our no time to waste article to see how we are providing and protecting the waste industry this Christmas.