‘Tis the season to recycle

Christmas is a time for giving, which means it’s a time for increased waste.

This Christmas, Burnie City Council is asking all residents to undertake some simple actions to reduce their environmental impact this festive season.

Planet Ark has created the ‘12 Do’s of Christmas’ a simple fact sheet with tips about reducing waste over the holidays. The fact sheet can be found at www.RecyclingNearYou.com.au

The RecyclingNearYou website is Australia’s most comprehensive household recycling directory. It lists drop off and collection locations for items including e-waste like mobile phones and printer cartridges in the Burnie area, as well as information on how to recycle leftovers, food scraps, foil trays, aluminium cans, custard cartons, Christmas trees, cards and wrapping paper.

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons said, “Christmas is a time to celebrate and catch up with family and friends, which often is accompanied by increased eating, drinking and spending.

“Christmas waste is an environmental challenge but a few simple actions can make a big difference to improving your impact.”

According to the State of Australian Cities report released in October, recent national figures show that Australia generated 43,777,000 tonnes of waste, 48 per cent of which went to landfill. That is over 21 million tonnes!

Planet Ark Spokesperson Rebecca Gilling said, “Reducing waste begins with planning your grocery list, buying presents that will be used and will last, reusing the packaging, and then finally recycling whatever waste is left over.”

With consumption levels at their highest at the onset of the festive season, Planet Ark is reminding Australians that sensible shopping can be beneficial for the budget too.

“Planning ahead and shopping for what you need helps both the environment and the hip pocket,” says Gilling.

“With the average Australian household now spending $204 on groceries each week, families are literally wasting money when they throw food away. Unwanted and unused gifts are a waste of money and resources too.”

For more information, visit RecyclingNearYou.com.au or call the Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net