Tips for a waste free holiday season

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Published: 20 December 2017

Whilst tis’ the season of giving and receiving, this time of year also brings about an increased amount of waste and more strain on our precious environment.

Being mindful of what we consume can go a long way to helping us win the war on waste.

Here are our top 5 tips to enjoy the festive season whilst reducing your impact on the environment:


    Get creative with your gift giving. Instead of buying a physical gift, gift an experience such as movie vouchers, theatre tickets, massage and beauty vouchers, dining and travel experiences.


    For every item you buy or receive, consider donating a second hand item from your home to a charity or second hand dealer like the Bower The Bower can also collect large items like furniture, bikes and homewares from your house.

    Or instead of giving a gift, make a donation to a charity on the behalf of your loved one.


    Eating is everyone’s favourite part of Christmas, however most families over-cater and so much spoils or ends up in the bin. Take a look at for information on how to shop smart, store and freeze food properly and for left-over recipe ideas. You can also use a compost bin or worm farm at home to recycle food scraps which will lessen the load on your garbage bin and our environment.


    So much can be recycled!

    • Christmas paper, cards and cardboard boxes can be placed in your yellow recycling bins.
    • Real Christmas trees can be put out with your green waste and turned into mulch.
    • Old electronics that have been replaced with new ones can be recycled on our E-Waste collection days.
  5. RE-GIFT
    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For those unwanted gifts, think about re-gifting it to friends and family in need or for another special occasion.

    If you do need to dispose of items that have seen better days, check our website for your household clean up dates for 2018.

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