Clearing up after the Christmas and New Year festivities can be an extremely daunting and unpleasant ritual- showing the holidays have come to an end and marking the start of a year back at work. However, when you are clearing up, why not take in to consideration what it is you’re clearing up and what can be recycled. This way, you’ll be tidying up your home and helping out your local area and nature. To help you on the quest to clearing up after the celebrations, we’ve put together a quick guide.
When clearing up after the holidays, it’s important to check when your local bin men will be coming round. You won’t want to miss this, as rubbish and waste can pile up extremely quickly. However, if you do miss the pickup day and aren’t prepared to wait for the next one, you could always take a trip to the tip and get rid of your rubbish there. The tip has appropriate areas for all rubbish types, though expect long queues of people! Going to your local tip can take time out of your celebrations, and you might need to prepare before going so you are able to sort out your waste into categories. This will save you time at the tip as you’ll have all waste in their relevant groups, i.e. all cardboard together and all glass together.
If you have a real Christmas tree in your home, you might want to get rid of it before you have finished with the festivities. Many people choose to do this as they don’t have roots, and can therefore die very quickly. You can throw your tree away in a recycling centre, which means your tree will be recycled and used as compost. Taking your tree to a tip can take up space, and it is better for the environment if it is recycled.
Over Christmas, small bits of waste accumulate very quickly, such as cards and wrapping paper. When putting these items in the recycling bin, squash them down as much as possible to create more room for future waste. Alternatively, try and find a way to reuse them instead of binning them. For example, cards can be cut up in order to create gift tags for next year’s festivities. Or, if you have young children, why not let them be creative with the cards by making letters to family and friends thanking them for their gifts?
Although clearing up after all the fun is merely a chore, it has to be done so why not make the most of it whilst you are at it. For example, get the family together and the job will be done much quicker. You can also give each member a specific thing to look for, for example cardboard or glass. To make it more interesting, you could even make it a competition- whoever finds the most, wins! This way clearing up will be get done in no time, and features a bit of friendly competition for the family.
Here at Skip It, we understand there can be a lot of waste left over at Christmas and New Year. We think it’s important your waste is disposed of correctly, and we can help you. To find out more, get in touch with a member of the friendly Skip It team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01273418648.