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Reducing Waste at Christmas

It’s that time of the year again folks, and as we head into the full-on madness of Christmas, spare a thought for all that excess waste you are going to produce over the next few weeks. From present packaging to ripped-up gift wrap, leftover turkey and snapped crackers, it’s the season where the household waste output goes through the roof, but there are steps you can take to lessen the impact.

Without sounding all Grinch-like, there is a serious impact on this excess of waste we produce each Christmas, and the cost of this environmental excess is astronomical. However, it doesn’t have to be this way, and there are positive steps you can take to reduce the abundance of waste you produce over Christmas and the New Year.

Be realistic with your food shop

Whilst it’s nice to splurge a bit at Christmas, and buy food in abundance, do you really need such a big shop? Carefully plan your meals over the festive period, and give plenty of consideration to how much you are actually going to consume. Think back to last year when you had to throw those mince pies away in January. Could you prevent this from happening by trimming back a little this year?

Cut back on food waste

It’s very easy to over-buy food at Christmas, and it’s just as easy not to eat the food you buy, which means you’ll end up throwing this away. Prevent this from happening by thinking of ways you can use up leftovers, or plan to leave some room in the freezer, so you can safely freeze anything once it reaches its use-by date.  It can actually be fun to think of creative recipe ideas to use with leftover turkey.

Wrap like a pro

How much paper do you waste when you are wrapping presents? Measure the gift and only use enough gift wrap to cover the item. Think about packaging when you are buying presents too. Can you shop for loose items maybe, or buy items that come in paper packages to save on space in a waste bin.

Spare a little thought for the environment this Christmas and do your best to cut back on waste where possible. We’re really looking forward to the festivities here at Pure Clean Waste Solutions and want to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

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