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Have a greener Christmas

Christmas is a time of celebration for many, but the season brings a dramatic increase in the amount of rubbish making its way into bins up and down the country.

That's why Gloucestershire's Joint Waste Team at Forest of Dean District Council is encouraging people to have a greener Christmas by reducing, reusing and recycling their waste in the run-up to the big day.

Along with the equivalent of four million Christmas dinners being ditched, it is estimated that 500 tonnes of tree lights will be binned - despite the fact that both are fully recyclable. The UK will also use enough wrapping paper to stretch to the moon and enough foil to cover an area larger than the whole of Gloucestershire, all adding to the burden of festive waste.

To help residents reduce the amount they throw away, the Recycle for Gloucestershire website will feature an online Advent calendar throughout December. Behind each window is a useful tip, hint or web link giving advice about how to recycle items like leftover food and broken electricals, as well as ideas on how to turn items which might otherwise make their way into the rubbish bin into something useful.

Cllr Sue Coakley, Chair of Gloucestershire's Joint Waste Committee said: "When it comes to reducing waste every little bit really does help, and we hope the online Advent calendar is a fun way to get residents to think about what they can do too. Something as simple as writing a list can help focus the mind when doing the big Christmas food shop. Make sure you only purchase what is needed and avoid impulse buys and offers on unnecessary items which might ultimately end up in the bin.

"However, it is not only food waste which is a big environmental problem at this time of year. Whether it's treating oneself to a new party outfit, buying a Christmas jumper or having a sort out of the wardrobe in anticipation of the January sales, textile waste will also peak around this time. If the clothing is of good quality, donate it to a charity shop and support a worthwhile cause. Putting textiles in the bin really should be the last resort."

The Recycle for Gloucestershire online Advent calendar is available throughout December: www.recycleforgloucestershire.com/advent-calendar 

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