Before you throw all the wrapping paper away, put the tree in the back garden, toss all the Christmas cards in the bin and wonder how you will cram all the beer cans and wine bottles in with no space left, think recycling.
According to a recent survey each person will throw away the equivalent of 50 kilo's of rubbish over Christmas - that is about the size of a woman weighing 8 stone!
North Cornwall District Council state that the survey also shows that 20% of people admit to binning all their Christmas leftovers; 75% say they have tried to recycle something and 41% say that they recycle as much as possible.
It is estimated that we will create more than 3 million tonnes of rubbish this Christmas in Britain. More than half of this could be recycled.
Bottles to be recycled
Between 20% and 30% more glass jars and bottles are collected over the Xmas period which can either be put out for your kerbside recycling collection or can be put into one of the local recycling banks.
About 80,000 tonnes of clothing gets discarded over Christmas even though much of it could be re-used by Charity Shops.
The Royal Mail delivers around 160 million cards and packets each day during the pre-Christmas period (approximately double the amount on an average day). It is estimated that up to 1 billion Christmas cards (17 for every man woman & child) could end up in bins across the UK.
After Christmas, householders can also support the Woodland Trust Christmas Card Recycling Scheme by taking all old Christmas cards to the local Tesco, Asda, TK Max, M&S or WHSmith who will send them to be recycled. The Woodland Trust's Christmas card recycling scheme aims to collect 100 million cards which will generate enough money to plant 24,000 trees, the equivalent of 48 football pitches of woodland.
In addition, over 8 million real Christmas trees will be bought this year in Britain, the majority of which will be thrown away generating 160,000 tonnes of additional waste which equates to 21 times the weight of the Eiffel tower.
Statistics reveal that only one in 10 households recycled a Christmas tree in the UK last year. Last Christmas, NCDC's Garden Waste Kerbside Collection Service collected and composted over 1,300 real Christmas trees, which equates to approximately 13.5 tonnes, on a new Christmas Tree Collection initiative.
Due to the success of this scheme North Cornwall residents will again be able to recycle their trees after Christmas by using the Council collection scheme. Residents who have a real Christmas tree can have this collected after Christmas 'free of charge' for composting.
Residents who live in the Towns and are covered by the pilot garden waste collection scheme can have their Christmas trees collected on the same day as their recycling collection. Residents who live in the surrounding villages in North Cornwall can have their trees collected but will need to call the Council on 01208 262800 to arrange the free collection. Collections will start from week commencing Monday 7th January 2008.
Alternatively householders can take their 'real' Christmas tree to their local recycling centre for composting free of charge.
last updated: 31/12/2007 at 11:13