Care, Sharing, Reuse and Recycling
Christmas is a time for caring, sharing and giving with Irish families around the country embracing this tradition each year. It also traditional for Irish people to travel lots, shop lots and eat like lords and ladies over the festive season, more so than at any other time during the year.
Yet, at this time, it’s important to remember our environment and keeping it safe and clean so everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of crisp festive winter days. We want to encourage fun, sharing, celebration, rest and relaxation but with a message of reduce, reuse and recycle over the festive season.
This year we have assembled 24 festive tips which will help you to reduce the environmental impact of Christmas and save a little money at the same time!
Have a read of our 24 tips which will take you to Christmas Day 2016
- Cut up your old Christmas cards and use as present labels.
- Bring bags and reuse them for Christmas shopping.
- Try using non-disposable items such as rechargeable batteries
- Buy recycled Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas cards.
- Try to reuse envelopes by sticking new labels over the address and send again.
- Make your own cards with the kids
- Send an electronic Christmas card to distance family instead of posting one.
- Buy gifts that don’t have much packaging like vouchers or tickets.
- How about trying a recyclable artificial Christmas tree – they last for years.
- When sourcing a real Christmas tree, make sure they can be shredded or composted after Christmas.
- Choose a present of antique art, silver or jewellery, promote
- Buy second hand items as presents e.g. bikes, electronic games, games table or a doll house.
- Source your Christmas fruit and vegetables loose not pre-packed. This helps reduces the amount of packaging.
- Take unused or surplus food to foodbanks before, during and after Christmas.
- When preparing your seasonal vegetables, peelings can be compost (and scrape the plates)
- Buy soft drinks in large bottles rather than small ones & recycle the glass or plastic.
- Recycle plastic and metal packaging including bottles and cans.
- Stuff your shoes with old wrapping paper to help keep their shape or dry them out.
- Don’t use paper plates, plastic cutlery or paper table clothes
- Order your food online, save time and the environment
- Buy high quality goods that will last.
- Reuse last year’s Christmas Jumper and Santa Hat for the office party. (no one will remember).
- Bake or make Christmas treats rather than buying e.g. jam, biscuits or chutney.
- Separate old items like WEEE from other waste when you get a minute over Christmas and recycle ealier in the New Year.
Recycling isn’t just for Christmas.
Should you receive a gift that just isn’t to your taste, try to re-gift’ it to someone you know will enjoy it. Charities will also happily accept donations of unused items. Many people will receive great Christmas presents which will replace old or damaged electronic gadgets. You can recycle the old items at either your local recycling centre or at the shop where your electrical present was purchased.
Finally, adopting a Kris Kringle-style approach with family and friends will allow you to focus time and money on arranging an outstanding present for just one other person, instead of having to buy lots of small gifts which can create lots of waste!
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2016 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.
Visit our website for further details.
Merry Christmas from all the Recycle IT team.