While we relax and have lots of fun over Christmas, take time to consider the amount of waste generate …. more than three million tonnes is created in the UK every Christmas.
- Between 20 per cent and 30 per cent more glass, jars and bottles are collected over the Christmas period. It’s estimated that the UK will consume almost 5.5 million jars of mincemeat, 12 million jars of pickles and 6.5 million jars of cranberry sauce, all packaged in glass, but only a small percentage will get recycled. The weight of all these jars is equivalent to the weight of 59,500 Santas, weighing an average of 18 stone each. If all these glass jars were recycled, it would save enough energy to boil water for 60 million cups of tea.
- Over six million trees were bought last Christmas in the UK, most of which were thrown out after December creating over 9,000 tonnes of additional rubbish, almost five times the weight of the London Eye.
- It is estimated that over Christmas as much as 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey or enough to cover Hyde Park 33 times!
- The waste created in Britain over Christmas is equivalent to 400,000 double-decker buses, stretching all the way from London to New York!
- Around 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging are thrown away over Christmas – that’s the equivalent weight of more than 50,000 festive polar bears! When buying gifts, try to avoid items that are excessively packaged.
- Around 4,200 tonnes of aluminium foil is thrown away in the UK each Christmas.
It is estimated that if people recycle to their full capacity the UK could save nearly £25 million. When disposing of waste, the cost of putting it in landfill is 25% higher than the cost of recycling materials.
So remember to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste this Christmas!