Recycling after Christmas

Recycling after Christmas

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.

*Recycling Facts

  • One ton of recycled Christmas cards will save 15 trees

  • At Christmas time we will use over 1,100 tonnes of wrapping paper, enough to gift wrap the Spire in Dublin over 10 times

  • 33 Million Batteries will be sold over Christmas

 

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