Don’t increase your ‘waste-line’ this Christmas, says DEFRA

People are being urged to play their part in saving the environment by recycling their waste this Christmas. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is suggesting householders […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

People are being urged to play their part in saving the environment by recycling their waste this Christmas.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is suggesting householders to recycle glass bottles and cans from Christmas parties through kerbside collection schemes and local recycling points.

‘Real’ Christmas trees are also recyclable, with special collections by local councils.

Estimates by recycling advisors WRAP claims the amount of wrapping paper thrown away during Christmas in the UK alone would stretch to the moon.

Waste Minister Dan Rogerson said: “This Christmas, Britain will generate millions of tonnes of rubbish and it doesn’t need to end up in landfill. Recycling is a simple way to save resources. It’s easier than ever before for people to do their bit over the holidays and help make a real difference to the environment.”

Around 177 million tonnes of waste is generated every year in England alone. A heating network that uses household waste to generate energy was recently launched in London.