A Very Merry Festivemas – plus tips for reducing your holiday waste!

To all of you lovely people out there, we’d like to wish you a Very Merry Festive-Mas!

The WAC crew comprises of people with varying beliefs / spiritualities, but we all love us this time of year for the chance it gives to hang out with people we love, eat loads of lush food and have a couple of lie-ins.

This is one of our favourite photos of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, by Instagrammer xeno.v (check the feed, beautiful photography!)

Winterwonderland - photo by Xeno.V
Winterwonderland – photo by Xeno.V

So. Not much left for us to say other than:

  • enjoy your weekends, whatever you’re doing
  • eat a lot
  • drink too much

Before you rip open those gifts, remember that the amount of wrapping paper we throw away every year at Christmas could stretch around the equator nine times, or up to the moon if every sheet of paper was laid end-to-end (thanks for the tip-off Recycle for Wales). SERIOUS.

So the very least you can do is recycle that bad boy.

With the exception of the shiny metallic and glitter varieties, ALL paper, including wrapping paper, is recyclable. To find out if paper is recyclable try the ‘scrunch test’ shown here. Paper that is recyclable stays in a ball when it is scrunched in the hand.

And if you think that’s bad, somewhere around 13,350 tonnes of glass is thrown out in the UK over Christmas. If this was recycled, it could save around 4,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of taking 1,300 cars off the road for an entire year. Recycling one Prosecco bottle saves enough energy to power a home stereo for 24 HOURS – just think of all that dancing!

home_stereo_prosecco recycledbeats


– Definitely recycle your used wrapping paper – OR, save it for re-use in a multitude of ways! Shred it to use as colourful tissue packing for future gifts, or use it like newspaper to clean windows and mirrors. It also has potential in future crafting projects – origami for kids, or use the blank side for drawing or colouring.

– If your Christmas cards have nice designs on the front, cut them out and use as gift tags for next year.

– Got yourself some festive leftovers? Our very own Lia’s Kitchen has plenty of suggestions for how to use up whatever’s left to reduce waste! Whatever IS leftover and done for, make sure you put those bits in your food caddy.

– If you don’t have a living Christmas tree, there are plenty of ways you can use it before you get rid of it. Pine needles are great for pot pourri, or add them into the compost heap to balance out any alkaline.

METALS! You can recycle kitchen foil, drinks cans, freezing trays, cigarette and tobacco foil, screw top lids from wine or alcohol bottles, and traditional milk bottle tops. Make sure all that stuff goes in your green bags!

Christmas decorations! If they’re still in good order, they can be donated to Re-Create, so don’t trash them just because the holiday is done!

Cardiff Council have more information on Christmas Recycling including collection dates over the Christmas period here: Cardiff Christmas Recycling and Collections.

And that’s all from us. Have yourselves a Very Merry Festivemas, and we’ll be back with more nonsense before the New Year!

Nadolig Llawen bawb


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