Christmas waste prevention tips

06/12/2013

Christmas and waste prevention ….. is that an oxymoron?   Not really -  no harm in

Dreaming of a Green Christmas.  So no BahHumbug!  just Happy Christmas from all the Inistioge Tidy Towns folks and a few tips that could help our Christmas be easier on the planet.

12 days of Christmas: A recipe booklet that makes the most of Christmas fare and prevent food waste which is higher at Christmas than any other part of the year.   Access it here

Christmas Sparkle:

Buying new Christmas tree lights this year? Choose LED (Light Emitting Diode) Christmas lights. Led lights use up to 90% less energy than large fairy light traditional bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors. Over a 30 day Christmas period, 100 traditional fairy lights switched on for 8 hours per day will produce 17.71kg of CO2, costing €5. Over the same period 100 LED fairy lights will produce 2.41kg of CO2, costing €0.60.

Batteries Not Included

Batteries are always in high demand every Christmas. Buy rechargeable batteries for toys if possible. If you are not using rechargeable batteries remember to dispose spent batteries appropriately. Shops that sell batteries will have a special container for old/spent batteries. Look out for the blue WEEE Ireland boxes in shops and return spent batteries for safe disposal for free.

Green Gifts Ideas

Why not reduce your waste this Christmas by treating someone to an “experience present” such as theatre or cinema tickets to cut down on Christmas packaging.

“Gift of Time Voucher”; Design special baby sitting vouchers and give them to parents of young children. Allow the parents to use the vouchers throughout the year to let them have time to themselves in the New Year.

Get Baking; Treat your family and friends to some baked Christmas treats.

Home made gifts also show that you have put effort and time into your present.

Waste not Want not

Plan your Christmas dinner and other meals over the holidays to reduce the amount of food you buy and the amount of waste afterwards, it will help the environment and your wallet.  Prepare for the extra food you are going to buy by defrosting your freezer and making sure that your fridge and freezer are at the correct temperature to make our appliances run as efficiently as possible over the festive season.  

Recycle glass bottles and drink cans. Do not create litter at the bottle banks over the Christmas Season. If a bottle bank is full, do not leave bags of recyclables beside the banks. Return home with them or go to another bottle bank location. Report full bottle banks on the Kilkenny Litter Line 1800-200-156.

Recycling

And  for all the extra non-food waste management we need at this time,  just to draw everyone’s attention to the excellent recycling facility available in New Ross, provided by Wexford County Council. The entrance is just opposite Tesco.  The service is free and accepts:

  • Beverage Cans
  • Beverage Cartons
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Books
  • Car Batteries
  • Christmas Trees
  • Clothes and Textiles 
  • Electrical Waste
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Metal
  • Mobile phone
  • Print Cartridges
  • Waste Oil

For opening times, location and further information click here  

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