How to minimise your household waste over Christmas

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Christmas means a million things, time with friends and family, good TV, excellent food, and a whole lot of rubbish! The average household can create nearly 15kg of waste over the Christmas period. With that in mind, here are some ways you can reduce your rubbish this season.

  1. Re-think your present method

It’s estimated that the wrapping paper we collectively use each year could reach the moon! Though paper is quick and easy to recycle, gift bags are also a great idea. Not only do they look pretty, but they can be re-used the following year. Christmas cards don’t have to be thrown out straight away either. Cutting up old cards and making new ones get be a great craft activity for kids of all ages, and means you’re ready for next year right away!

  1. Don’t just ditch terrible presents

That gift you hate could be exactly what someone else is looking for. Before just throwing it on the rubbish pile, ask around your family and friends to see if anyone else can make use of it. If not, local charity shops are always looking for donations. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  1. Watch your food waste

Estimates suggest that we generate nearly 7 million tonnes of food waste each and every year. Food is at a surplus at Christmas, and our bellies are often bigger than our eyes. Before you throw out that half a leftover chicken or turkey think about all the delicious meals you could make with the leftovers – sandwiches, stews, pies, or soups. If you have a composter, you can put your veg peelings in there, too, and leftover mince pies or fruitcake can be a great treat for the local birds.

  1. Recycle, recycle, recycle

At this time of year it can be tempting to just throw everything onto the same old rubbish pile – after all, there’s so much other stuff to think about! But, you should always stop, take a moment, and consider whether each item you’re about to throw could actually be recycled.

Here at Kwik Sweep we offer the best rubbish removal and house clearance service you’ll find anywhere in London. We’re dedicated to reducing the amount of waste that finds its way to landfills, so our service is the perfect solution for your household waste this Christmas season.

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