Wishing you a Merry (waste-less) Christmas
Written by Community Editor on 3rd December 2020
As part of the response to the climate emergency, Gloucestershire County Council is encouraging residents to make the most of their food, aiming to waste less and recycle more during the Christmas season.
The Christmas period is set to see lots go to waste in the UK, including around 277,000 miles of wrapping paper, which is enough to wrap around the Earth eleven times, up to 2 million turkeys and 74 million mince pies.*
Throughout December, the ‘Make the Most Of’ campaign will urge households to think again about wasting food and encourage recycling, by sharing a digital advent calendar full of festive tips to waste less this season. As Gloucestershire strides closer to becoming a carbon neutral county by 2050 residents are invited to do their bit to reduce waste and the resulting impacts to the environment.
Here are a few helpful ways to waste less food, save money and help the environment:
- Only buy what you need – the Christmas coronavirus restrictions will limit the number of households getting together, you may be catering for less people this year. Go to www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for tips on savvy planning and portion control.
- Buy recyclable wrapping paper or reuse pretty Christmas fabric to wrap gifts year after year. Many shops have announced that their wrapping paper will be plastic and/or glitter free. Make sure to check the labels.
- Create an ‘eat me first’ shelf in your cupboard and fridge, so that when the Christmas snacking starts your family knows where to begin.
Household Recycling Centres are open for appointments only so book online to avoid disappointment.
Plan ahead and visit your local council’s website to find out when your recycling will be collected over the Christmas period. You find them all online at www.gloucestershirerecycles.com/recycling-at-home/
Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after taking your recycling out to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.