The festive season often goes hand in hand with excess waste, making it the perfect time to brush up on your positive recycling habits.
Residents can foster sustainable and eco-friendly practices during this joyful time with the following recycling tips tailored for before and after Christmas.
Recycling before Christmas
- Eco-friendly wrapping: Prioritise recyclable or reusable wrapping materials for gifts.
Choose fabric, brown paper, or reusable bags instead of single use, non-recyclable materials that end up landfill.
- Reduce food waste: Create a shopping list and plan meals effectively to minimise food waste during festive feasts.
- Support circular economy: Consider shopping at second-hand stores for unique and sustainable Christmas presents.
Not only will you discover one-of-a-kind gifts but also contribute to minimising the environmental impact of consumerism during the holiday season.
- DIY Christmas decorations: Get creative and make your own decorations and gift wrappings using recycled materials or items you already have at home.
Festive do-it-yourself projects not only add a personal touch to your celebrations but also minimise the need for purchasing new, often non-recyclable, decorations.
Recycling after Christmas
- Cardboard disposal: Save space in your recycling bin by flattening cardboard boxes and removing any non-recyclable elements, like Styrofoam, before placing in your yellow lid bin.
- Christmas card recycling: After the holidays, recycle Christmas cards by removing any non-paper elements.
Cards made solely of paper can be recycled in your yellow lid bin.
- Reduce food waste (again): If, even with a meal plan, you prepared more than necessary, freeze leftovers where possible and compost any food scraps.
- Post-holiday clean up: Post-holiday clean up: With new gifts in need of a home, now is the perfect time to conduct a post-holiday clean up. Recycle and donate goods wherever possible. To reduce fire risk, remove batteries from toys and devices prior to discarding. Batteries can be disposed of at a local collection point. Unsure what you can, or where to, recycle? Try the Recycle Mate app.
A full list of recycling initiatives within the Bundaberg Region can be found in Council’s Waste and Recycling Handy Guide.
Council waste facility opening hours can be found here.