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Here are 24 useful tips on how you can have a more eco Christmas.
This Christmas, support small independent businesses and get unique gifts and locally produced food.
Get creative and make your own Christmas decorations or even your own tree from stuff you'd normally throw away.
Stocking up on mincemeat or cranberry sauce? Remember, glass jars can be recycled.
Having a clear out before Christmas? One person's waste is another person's treasure. Donate items to a local charity shop, reuse centre, sell them or give them to those in need.
Plan ahead and check what festive waste can go where.
Don't buy knick knacks that no one is going to use. Try "want, need, wear, read" as your shopping mantra.
Could you give a gift with almost no packaging? For inspiration, see this list or go plastic-free.
Stocking up on batteries? Dispose of them at your nearest recycling centre or at battery banks in shops, not in your bin at home.
Remember, foil packaging from your mince pies can be recycled.
If you're buying a real Christmas tree, put it in a pot and keep it watered so it'll last longer. After Christmas, you can take it to a recycling centre or check locally on how to recycle it at kerbside.
Try these no-waste gifts:
Reuse delivery boxes to disguise a gift or wrap an awkwardly shaped present. Recycle it if you don't need it. Find out what else you can recycle!
Need a new party dress? Check out your local charity shop or host a swishing event with your friends over some mulled wine. Find out how to look after your clothes.
Remember to take your reusable shopping bags with you when you go Christmas shopping.
Spend time with family and enjoy the scenery - wrap up warm and go for a walk in the woods or a park.
Not sure if they'll love your gift? Give it with a gift receipt so it can be exchanged.
Remember to wash and squash your recycling. All your cans can be recycled. Find out what else you can recycle!
Glossy and metallic wrapping paper can't be recycled. Try fabric gift wrap, recycled paper or a gift bag.
To reduce food waste over the festive season, write a shopping list so you only buy what you need.
Need some last minute gift ideas? Get baking! Bake Christmas treats for family and friends.
Our household waste recycling centres are open all bank holidays except for Christmas, Boxing and New Year's day. Check our webcams and tips to avoid the queues.
Try these recipes for reusing your leftovers and make sure you have enough storage tubs.
Recycle your biscuit and sweet tins and tubs, or reuse them as storage. Find out more about what can be recycled where.
.Enjoy time with family and friends. Remember, your drinks, bottles and cans can be recycled.
Merry Christmas from everyone at WasteAware.
If you would like to gift yourself year-long WasteAware tips, subscribe to our monthly Rubbish and Recycling email bulletin.
Spot at least 3 hidden baubles on our Advent doors and enter to win a sustainable living hamper from Planet Organic. Two runners up will each receive a pair of Solemate Socks, made from recycled cotton. See terms and conditions for more information.
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