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Giveaway or Sell

Charity and nearly new shops, jumble sales and community schemes are good places to donate or sell second hand clothes, toys and furniture.

Have a Green Christmas

Preparations for the festive season are well underway and before we know it we will be exchanging gifts, eating too much and overfilling our wheelie bins with rubbish!  But there are simple ways in which you can make Christmas just a little bit greener this year.
 

Paper

Been loyally recycling all year? Seek out recycled wrapping paper and Christmas cards to close the loop. Using reusable gift bags or the fabric wrapping technique Furoshiki are both great ways of reducing rubbish. Try not be buy foil wrapping paper as it is difficult to recycle.

Please remember to recycle all of your Christmas Cards, either through an instore collection bank in support of charity, or alongside other paper in your kerbside collection. Why not prepare for next year by making pretty labels from your old Christmas cards too!
 

Greener Gifts

Avoiding heavily packaged gifts can be difficult, especially when buying children's toys. But going near naked in the packaging stakes can really help slim that bin! Most plastic and all cardboard packaging can be recycled easily through your kerbside collection. Consider zero waste gifts such as experiance vouchers or gift cards, especially for those who may be difficult to buy for.
 

Christmas Trees

A real Christmas tree is hard to beat. When choosing your real Christmas tree consider buying one in a pot so you can use it again year after year. Alternatively you can recycle your dead tree in the New Year along with your garden waste. Remember to check with your local council to find out about any collection round changes.
 

Feeding the Family

Over-catering doesn't have to be par for the course. Plan out what you need for Christmas Dinner and the days around Christmas Day and Boxing Day and only buy what you need. Ignore any bargains or special offer foods that will only end up in the bin! For inspiration on leftovers go to the Love Food Hate Waste website. There is a large range of tasty recipes to suit even the most discerning palate.

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