Making a festive difference.
More than any other time off the year, the festive season offers a chance for caring, sharing, giving and receiving. Family and friends embrace traditions come to together to celebrate before during and after December 25th.
It’s also important to remember our environment over the festive season especially with Ireland expected to generate 83,000 tonnes of packaging waste over Christmas. We all have a responsibility to keep the environment safe so everyone has a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of crisp fresh winter days and the natural landscape which is sleeping over winter in preparation for spring.
Weather you’re at home or out and about over Christmas and New Year try to remember the eco-friendly motto of reduce, reuse and recycle. If we all do a little to reduce waste it will really mean a lot!
With the weeks slipping by we have assembled 20 festive tips which will help the environment and maybe save time and a little money!
Tips to help over the festive season.
- Use recycled Christmas wrapping and Christmas cards.
- Cut up your old Christmas cards and use as present labels.
- Buy rechargeable batteries for Santa gifts.
- Add new labels to old envelopes and reuse.
- Get you family making cards for family and friends.
- Buy gifts that don’t have much packaging like vouchers or tickets.
- Choose a present of antique art, silver or jewellery and promote reuse.
- Use fruit and vegetables which is not pre-packed and reduce packaging
- Compost your seasonal vegetables, peelings
- Recycle glass, plastic and metal packaging including bottles and cans.
- Buy high quality, hand-made, or craft gifts that will last.
- Reuse last year’s Christmas jumper and santa hat for the office party.
- Reuse bags for Christmas shopping.
- Use a shopping list to reduce on food waste after Christmas.
- Buy local to save on carbon miles while supporting the local economy.
- Remember, shops are open again within days of Dec 25th!
- Visit your local food banks with surplus food and drinks.
- Seperate your plastic, paper and cardboard for easy recycling.
- Use glass bottles rather than plastic.
- Get the kids involve and thinking about reduce, reuse, recycle.
Thinking of 2019
If you receive a gift this year that isn’t a favourite, try to share it with someone who will enjoy it. Kids charities will also accept donations of unused toys as will schools and your local creche Many families will receive great 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.
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 2017 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves TV’s and much more!
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 or call 01 4578321.
Happy Christmas 2018 and all the best for 2019.