We hope you had a fabulous Christmas!! Over the last 2 and a half weeks we have been posting tips about the impact of Christmas on the environment. We gave you some ideas on how to change Christmas 2018. We encourage you to share these educational messages with your friends and family. PRINT it and put it up in your office kitchen, on the fridge at home or on your church noticeboard. if you missed the posts, here they all are. Be sure to keep them for next year.
RETHINK: Tinsel is not recyclable, so try to avoid it if you can. Rather make decorations from coloured pop-corn on a string or other holiday fun home made crafts. if you have to buy, make sure the decorations can last you a long time and are made from material that can be composted or recycled. Can you rethink the way you doing things? If you are throwing your tinsel away this year, please place it in the bin because it is not recyclable.
RE-USE: We suggested you be innovative this Christmas and provide a reusable gift bag that is durable, rather than a glitter/ foil bags that can't be recycled and goes to the rubbish dump. RECYCLE: We use a lot of wrapping paper over Christmas, but how much just goes to the rubbish bin? DO THE SCRUNCH TEST : If the bag stays scrunched up in a ball, then pop it into your recycling bin! If it jumps back to its original shape, then it can’t be recycled and needs to go to the rubbish dump.
WHY? Glass is made of sand and can be melted down and re-used – always separate glass bottles for recycling as they don’t decompose in landfills. Recycling a glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100W bulb for four hours.
RECYCLE: We can recycle any color or size glass bottles or jars. Some glass bottles can be returned for a deposit and are then re-used. Glass is however heavy, so it is easier to place it in a box rather than in a bag, if you have a lot of glass to recycle after the summer festivities.
RUBBISH: The different ingredients in glass create different melting points, which is great for different applications such as durable window panes, windscreens, mirrors, or heat resistant Pyrex dishes. It does however make it difficult to recycle all these items together. While it can technically be recycled, it can't be placed with curbside collection with glass bottles or jars. Please do not place broken windows, car glass, cups, glasses, oven dishes or mirrors in the recycling as we CAN'T RECYCLE it.
Till next time!!