Guernsey’s PSD shares ideas to reduce holiday waste

December 7th, 2011 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department shares some ideas for reducing waste during the Christmas holidays.

  • Portion Control – shops are only shut for a couple of days so there is no need to buy more food than you need. Save money and reduce waste by thinking about how many people you will be feeding and how much they are going to be able to eat. The love food hate waste website provides some advice on Christmas perfect portions to help plan your meals.
  • Use leftoversThe love food hate waste website also has some Christmas left-over recipes if you have prepared too much food.
  • Shop wise – Buy loose fruit and vegetables, and meat andfish over the counter at the supermarket, butchers or fishmongers. Look for presents with minimal packaging. Reuse carrier bags for the weekly shop and for Christmas shopping.
  • Buy local – Local produce is often fresher than imported and it often comes with less packaging. Shop at the weekly farmers’ market or at Guernsey Hedge Veg stalls, or visit Guernsey’s many local craft producers for a handmade gift.
  • Clear clutter – Christmas is the ideal time for a clear-out.  Good quality clothing, textiles, furniture, household goods, books, CDs and china can be taken to local charity shops to help them raise funds. Use The Guernsey Press’ free ‘ecycle’ service to donate unwanted items for other people to use.
  • Electrical items – whether they still work or not, can also go to the Longue Hougue Recycling Facility on Bulwer Avenue. The site is open during the holiday period except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
  • Recycle wrapping paper – Wrapping paper can be recycled in paper bring banks.  If presents are unwrapped carefully the wrapping paper can be re-used next year.  Regrettably no foil or glitter on cards or wrapping paper please as these cannot be recycled. If you do receive cards with glitter please cut out the fronts of the cards to make handmade cards and gift tags – and recycle the backs in the cardboard bring bank. Please buy recyclable wrapping paper is possible.
  • Pack decorations away – tonnes of old Christmas tree lights are thrown away each year, coupled with a huge amount of baubles and decorations. By taking down and packing away decorations carefully there will be less broken light bulbs and it will be easier to use it again next year – use bubble wrap that came with your presents to wrap it up.
  • Recycle real Christmas trees – Last year States Works shredded more than 6,500 Guernsey Christmas trees and has used the mulch produced on parks and gardens. Drop off your Christmas tree for free at States Works Burnt Lane, the Longue Hougue Recycling Facility on Bulwer Avenue, Queux Patio Plants, Le Friquet Plant and Garden Centre or Earleswood Garden centre.

Happy Christmas from the recycling teams at the States of Guernsey and Mayside Recycling, and thank you for all your recycling efforts in 2011.


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