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Take our test to find out if you are a Christmas superhero recycler!
Answer 10 simple questions to find out what type of recycler you are this Christmas! Are you an apprentice recycler or a recycling superhero!
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That’s right – a staggering 1 billion Christmas cards get sent every year and many of these end up in landfill, yet in Wales the majority can be recycled. If you’re buying Christmas cards, avoid the shiny/metallic/glitter types as they are harder to recycle or why not ditch the Christmas card this year! Send an e-card or donate money to charity instead.
Wow! That’s a lot of wrapping paper. When buying paper, avoid shiny or metallic types as they can’t be recycled. Wrapping paper can be recycled with your other paper and set out for weekly collection.
Alternatively, why not try ‘Furoshiki’? A Japanese style of wrapping using materials (that can be used again). Watch the video: http://bit.ly/Furoshiki-video
We use around 10 million bottles per day in the UK. That’s a huge amount. All plastic bottles can be recycled in Wales via your kerbside collection, yet many end up in landfill. In fact, if you stacked these end to end, they’d stretch 419 times around the Wales costal path!
Glass can be recycled again and again – containers made from recycled glass are of the same high quality as those made from new raw materials; we can recycle glass indefinitely. If we don’t, this valuable resource will be sent to landfill and lost forever.
In fact, when you’re having a glass of wine this Christmas, spare a thought for all those wine bottles that end up in Welsh landfills every year – stacked end to end they are equivalent in height to over 8,000 mount Snowdons!
Christmas tree lights can be recycled by your local council. You can recycle them at household waste recycling centres with electrical items.
Getting the right sized turkey can be tricky. Too small and your guests will go hungry, too big and it ends up in the bin. In Wales we buy 500,000 turkeys at Christmas, the same weight as 30,000 santas! Yet, the equivalent of 160,000 will get thrown away. Use our handy guide to get the prefect size:
2-2.5kg serves 4-6,
3kg serves 6-7,
3.5kg serves 7-8,
4-4.5kg serves 8-10,
5-5.5kg serves 10-12,
6-6.5kg serves 12-15.
With a simple bit of planning you can reduce the amount of food you waste and save money! Use the Love Food Hate Waste portion planner before going shopping and only buy what you need.
Use up your leftovers for new meals. The same website has loads of recipe ideas.
The freezer is your festive friend! You’ll be amazed at what food you can freeze. Find out more. This will cut down on waste and save you money!
Why not try and make homemade decorations this year. We’ve searched the web to find some simple, fun and creative decorations that you can try. Why not give them a go and reduce the need to buy new decorations that will probably end up in the bin anyway! You can use them again and again, reducing waste and saving you money!
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve selected some pages that we think might point you in the right direction and improve your knowledge. Click on links below to find out more.
You’ve planted the seeds of some recycling knowledge, but you can learn more. Let those seeds sprout into shoots and grow into thick branches with some of our simple tips.
You’re doing well, but are you sure you have the knowledge to recycle all you can? Is that some aluminium foil I see in your general waste?! You’re on your way, but to reach the next level there’s more you can learn:
- Read our guide to reducing waste and saving money this Christmas.
- Reduce the waste you produce - read our top tips.
- Do you recycle in every room of your house? Click on our interactive house to find out more.
- Involve your family and get everyone recycling.
- Ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it’s been taken away? Watch our animations.
You’ve got some recycling skills! But not quite enough to become a superhero. You must be patient and learn more before you’re able to reach those lofty heights. Improve your knowledge by reading these:
You are a recycling superhero! Your superpower recycling knowledge must be the envy of your neighbours. There’s not much we can teach you, but if you want to refresh your knowledge, click on the links below
- Read our guide to reducing waste and saving money this Christmas.
- Are you reducing your waste?
- Reuse more of the waste you produce.
- Turning Welsh waste into energy – find out how it’s done.
- Know your waste – loads of facts that will amaze you.
- What else can I do? From reducing your carbon footprint to volunteering at Keep Wales Tidy, there’s more you can do.
Let’s make Wales the world’s champion recycler
Recycle for Wales has teamed up with the Cardiff Half Marathon and Brecon Carreg to celebrate Wales ranking as 3rd in the world for recycling by revealing the energy secrets of plastic bottles and banana peels recycled at the race and at home!
Can you really power the Principality Stadium with water bottles? And how many recycled banana peels would it take to charge your phone?
Our Run Refuel Recycle campaign reveals all
4 ways that banana peels & plastic bottles could power the Cardiff Half Marathon:
Cardiff’s most iconic landmarks
The 13mile Half Marathon course takes in some of south Wales’ most fantastical landmarks. If every Cardiff Half runner recycled their water bottle it would save enough energy to power the Principality Stadium's floodlights for over 14 hours. Don’t forget that bathroom plastic bottles - such as shampoo, body wash and hand wash - can be recycled too!
Power your favourite playlist
Are good tunes an essential part of your training programme? Then make sure you recycle your banana peels as the energy created could help to ensure that your phone doesn’t run out of juice. One recycled banana peel could generate enough energy to charge your smartphone...twice!
Whether you’re resting after a long run or putting your feet up after a hard day at work, your recycling can power your favourite TV series. 1 recycled water bottle would save enough energy to power your TV for 48 minutes. That’s almost enough time for an episode of Black Mirror, Stranger Things or Celebrity Masterchef.
The post-race feast
A banging cooked dinner is an essential part of any Sunday – whether you’re running the race or not. Your recycled fruit and veg peelings could help ensure the feast is ready for lunchtime. 67 recycled banana peels could power an oven long enough to roast a leg of Welsh lamb. Yummy!
How can plastic bottles and banana peels create energy?
In most places in Wales and the UK, banana peels and other food waste, when recycled, are taken to a special processing plant and turned into energy to power our homes, local communities... AND some of Wales' most loved landmarks.
We use up to 95% less energy to make products from recycled materials than raw materials. Recycled plastic bottles can also be transformed into all sorts of fabulous new things such as t-shirts and fleeces, as well as new bottles.
What kind of of recycler are you?
Wales is 3rd best in the World and 2nd best in Europe at recycling. Help us become number one in the World by recycling everything you can. Unsure about a particular item? Use our Recycling Locator below to find out everything you need to know about what can and can’t be recycled in your area.