Things You Can Easily Recycle After Christmas
Now is the time to think ahead to the day after Christmas — and all the stuff you may want or need to throw away. Recycling is simply producing a new item from an old item. It is one of the many ways to prevent waste of items and decrease the amount of landfill space we use. Recycling has increased in popularity.
Instead of binning it, here’s a list of things you can easily recycle:
|Wrapping paper and ribbon||Some of the wrapping paper you have collected might be good enough to be used again Shred paper to use as packing material or put aside for your children’s art projects. Ribbon can be reused when wrapping birthday presents or again in children’s art projects.|
|Cardboard and paper boxes||Flatten any boxes you don’t need for recycling. Use boxes to pack away your Christmas decorations|
|Mobile phones||Usually a charity will recycle phones; check your local charities on line.|
|Cameras||Check your local preschool if they would like to use working cameras as part of staff projects or the cameras that don’t work children can play with them in the home area of the play school.|
|Toys||Clean, working toys your kids have outgrown can be donated to your local charity shops.|
|Batteries||Early Childhood Ireland teamed up with ERP this year to promote battery and electrical waste recycling amongst children in their pre-school years. Check out your local preschool to see are they recycling batteries.|
|Christmas tree||Look out for your local free tree recyclable collection point, you could also use some of the needles to make potpourri.|
|Christmas cards||Cut off the part containing the signature (usually the back page), and use the front, decorated page as a Christmas gift tag for next year. Some high street shops have recycling collection bins especially for Christmas cards. Some of the local playschools will want them for their art and crafts.|
|Used or unwanted gifts||Recycle unused or unwanted gifts by re-gifting or donating to charity shops. Don’t let them clutter up the house.|
|Christmas Catalogues||Let your children have endless fun by using scissors, glue and Christmas catalogues. This is a great source of free crafts materials.|
General Recyclable Tip
Keep your recycling bin next to the main bin, not only during the festive season, but all year round so you can take out the rubbish and recycle at the same time.
Encourage your children to become involved in the household recycling routine while they are on Christmas holidays as an educational activity.