'Tis the season to be jolly aware of recycling
- A staggering 300,000 tonnes of card is used in UK households during the festive season
- Card packaging used at Christmas could cover the Principality Stadium pitch nearly 140,000 times
- Recycling charity is urging people to recycle as much card and paper as they can this Christmas
THE UK is estimated to use almost 300,000 tonnes of card packaging at Christmas – a staggering amount which, when laid out, is enough to cover the Principality Stadium pitch nearly 140,000 times.
Card packaging plays a really important role in preventing damage to our products and as Christmas is the busiest sales period of the year, a lot more of it is used. So much in fact that it could cover the London Eye almost 50,000 times and wrap the Angel of the North a shocking two million times.
The Christmas campaign is urging people in Wales to recycle this cardboard rather than put it in the bin and play their part in creating a greener Christmas.
Wrapping paper plays such a huge role in creating the excitement on Christmas morning. This year Recycle for Wales is asking us to help extend its usefulness by recycling it, so it can be turned back into packaging which can be used throughout the year.
All paper, including wrapping paper, is recyclable. The only types of wrapping paper that can’t go in the recycling bin are the shiny metallic and glitter varieties. If in doubt, test it out with the ‘scrunch test’ - if you literally scrunch the paper in your hand and it stays in a ball, it can be put into the recycling.
To demonstrate the sheer scale of card and paper levels that are being used during the Christmas period, Recycle for Wales is sharing a series of compelling images showing famed UK landmarks wrapped in both cardboard and festive wrapping paper.
Angela Spiteri, Recycle for Wales Campaign Manager, said: “Card and wrapping paper are Christmas icons just like the UK landmarks images we have ‘wrapped’ to highlight the scale of recycling people can do in the UK this Christmas. Recycling them can be your gift to the environment.
“All councils in the UK accept paper and 98% accept card. If in doubt as to whether your wrapping paper can be recycled, we encourage people to do the ‘scrunch test’, just to be sure.
Households are used to dealing with additional waste at Christmas due to card packaging, wrapping paper and cards. It is important that people recycle as much of this Christmas rubbish as possible to prevent it going to landfill. Households across Wales are doing a fantastic job of recycling their waste throughout the year. I’d like to thank them for their efforts and continued commitment and would encourage everyone to keep on recycling as they enjoy the festivities."
Here are six festive recycling tips:
- Save space at home by dropping items at your local recycling centre – you can find your nearest stop on Recycle for Wales’s Recycling Locator
- Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling to save room in the recycling container
- Remove ribbons, bows and other adornments before recycling wrapping paper
- Make sure all food is out of card and paper packaging before recycling
- Remove card or paper packaging with glitter from your recycling containers
- Remember the scrunch test!