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Don't waste this Christmas

A glass bottle being recycled

Council urges residents to think about what they throw away during this festive period

Leicestershire County Council is encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and recycle this Christmas.

Christmas is the most wasteful time of year - it is estimated that more than three million tonnes of rubbish will be produced during the festive period in Britain, with the UK alone throwing away enough wrapping paper to stretch to the moon.

In order to reduce the amount wasted this year, the county council has created 12 tips to help residents have a greener and cheaper Christmas. The tips focus on reducing what we buy, reusing what we can, and recycling where possible.



“These tips offer residents simple and easy ways to do their bit for the environment during what is one of the most wasteful times of the year. From storing leftovers correctly, to making sure unwanted presents are rehomed, our tips offer loads of advice for dealing with some of the most common types of Christmas waste.

“In the UK we eat more than 175 million mince pies over Christmas, equating to 175 tonnes of aluminium foil. If we recycled all of those instead of throwing them into general waste, we would save enough energy to power a set of Christmas tree lights for 2681.5 years. That’s a lot of energy – it really highlights how small actions like this can add up to make a monumental impact, when we act together.”

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for waste management


Christmas creates extra waste in most households, with food waste increasing by a staggering 80 per cent over the festive period. However, bottles, cans, gift wrap, cards, and real Christmas trees can all easily be recycled at recycling and household waste sites. You can also visit for information on what can be collected through kerbside recycling.

With regular kerbside recycling collections it is easier than ever before to recycle. You can check Christmas kerbside collection dates, as well as recycling and household waste sites opening hours on Leicestershire County Council’s website.

Our Christmas tips can be found online at , or on the Leicestershire Recycling Facebook page.

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