Borough Insight

A present list for the planet

Image: Santa dressed in green using sustainable transportAs well as wishing us all a merry old time, Green Santa has a Christmas wish too - please give a gift to the planet as well as your family and friends.

That means avoiding cards with batteries and glitter and steering clear of wrapping paper with a foil or plastic lining.

To stay in Green Santa’s good books this year, you can:

  1. Recycle all your cardboard mince pie, biscuit, and chocolate boxes
  2. Empty, rinse and dry all food and drink packaging before it goes in your recycling bin – and place all items loose not bagged.
  3. Fold and recycle cardboard such as delivery and toy boxes to make more room in your recycling bin.
  4. Place all paper cards, envelopes and wrapping (that are glitter, foil and plastic free) in your recycling bin.
  5. Place unrecyclable items such as polystyrene, bubble wrap, and plastic film in your rubbish bin. If in doubt, check it out with the Surrey Recycles search tool or app.
  6. Plan your party food in advance and freeze any cooked or uncooked food you didn’t get around to eating.
  7. Put food that can’t be eaten, like bones, eggshells and peelings into your food caddy.
  8. Get creative with your leftovers, why not try out some of the delicious recipes from the Surrey Environment Partnership:
    https://www.surreyep.org.uk/reduce-reuse-recycle/food/recipes.

For more information visit www.surreyep.org.uk or download the Surrey Recycles app.

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