Startling Waste Stats Make for a less Than Merry Christmas and a Rubbish Filled New Year.
There are some seriously shocking statistics around Christmas rubbish that we need to share. From the amount of Christmas wrapping paper wasted every December to the masses of uneaten sprouts that have been begrudgingly boiled, chopped and even fried for the ‘perfect’ Christmas dinner.
Let's Start with the Shocking Statistics
The Independent reported that ‘more than a billion Christmas cards are likely to be dumped or burnt – which, laid end to end, would stretch around the world five times.’
And they didn’t stop there, reporting that ‘About 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will also be thrown out or burnt – enough to gift-wrap the island of Jersey.’
The waste cards and presents create isn’t even the half of it. Think of all those Christmas dinner parties, including the big event! That turkey needs wrapping in foil to keep it juicy on the inside, but what happens to the foil? Well Gov.uk reports that ‘enough tin foil to cover Suffolk’ is thrown out around the Christmas period, whilst phs Wastekit report that ‘17.2 million Brussels sprouts’ go uneaten.
It’s not that surprising to us that Britain alone, creates millions of tonnes of waste over the Christmas period. What is surprising is the lack of appropriately disposing of our rubbish and the majority of it ending up in landfill. Recycling is such an easy way to make a difference, however a poll by Sky news reveals that ‘A quarter of people (23%) said they were too busy during the period to worry about how much plastic they were using, and 22% claimed there was too much waste in their homes over Christmas to be able to recycle it.’
How Can The Waste Team Help?
The Waste Team will do all the hard work for you. Consume all the stuffing you want, tear open as many presents as you can and have all the unwanted Christmas rubbish removed while you sleep off the Christmas bloat! We will deliver a 1 tonne bag to you on Sunday 22nd December and then be back to collect it, filled with uneaten sprouts, foil, and all the Christmas waste you can think of, on the 27th December.
We recycle 90% of all the waste we collect, so let us do the hard work for you and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill this Christmas.
To find out more about our Christmas rubbish collection call us on 0113 2568 853.