Give a gift to the environment this Christmas by taking steps to reduce your waste, recycle wrapping, and reuse any unwanted electrical items.
According to WRAP, the UK is estimated to use almost 300,000 tonnes of card packaging at Christmas. This would cover the return distance between London and Lapland 103 times or cover Big Ben 260,000 times. The good news is, it’s easy to recycle most wrapping paper and card, enabling it to be turned back into packaging and used again.
In addition to recycling paper and card, consumers should also make sure to recycle or reuse unwanted or broken electrical items that are replaced for new ones at Christmas. Your old kettles, televisions, electric toothbrushes or broken christmas tree lights don’t have to go to waste. They may seem worthless, but are in fact full of valuable materials. Our Recycle with Clarity initiative has a network of sites across the UK that will take old and unwanted electrical items for recycling and we also work with charities that will refurbish and re-use items in good working condition.
We like to lead by example, so at Clarity Environmental we go one step further to reduce our office Christmas waste, says Communications Manager, Lucy Brooks. “We no longer send cards to our colleagues and instead donate the money to charity. We also wrap our office secret santa presents in old magazines and scrap paper, which we then of course recycle afterwards.”
If you are interested in joining the Recycle with Clarity network of WEEE sites, please contact us today on 0845 129 7177.