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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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Dancing isn’t the only thing that prosecco can power this Christmas!

It’s party time! But do you ever wonder how much power is generated by recycling? Angela from Recycle for Wales is here to tell us how to use your waste for good this season!

The #RecycledBeats Christmas campaign claims that recycling just one bottle of prosecco could save enough energy to play the entire Super Furry Animal’s Radiator and Fuzzy Logic albums on a home stereo 13 times each and power a spinning disco ball for five and a half days.

Prosecco power doesn’t stop there either. Playing a gig at the Tramshed on 20th December, Welsh singer and green queen, Charlotte Church said:

“Every little effort we make to recycle more can enable us to do more of the things we love without harming the world around us. If I recycled one prosecco bottle, I could save enough energy to power both the guitar and bass in my Late Night Pop Dungeon show for the full hour. That’s amazing!”

Everyday non-party items also provide a range of opportunities for recycling – from all types of drinks bottles to toilet roll tubes and wrapping paper.  Recycling one aluminium deodorant can saves enough energy to power a home stereo for 32 hours – that’s 480 plays of Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you.

Whether going out or staying in throughout party season – your energy saving recycling can take place before, during and after the party and throughout the year at home.

Getting ready- Good tunes are an essential part of ANY pre-party preparations. Whilst you’re singing into the shower head at home, remember that one hairspray canister could save enough energy to play three of your favourite albums on your home stereo, back to back.

The party- Who needs a band? Recycling just one wine bottle saves enough energy to power a home stereo for 24 hours. You could also provide the disco magic by recycling just one tube of toilet roll, which saves enough energy to keep the disco ball spinning for two whole hours.

The clean up- The party is over and everyone is asleep, and yet the empty cleaning products still have a lot of energy. That one bleach bottle used saves enough energy to power a guitar amp for two gigs, the deodorant bottle- nine gigs! That’s enough for all of next year’s parties too!

The following day- Baby its cold outside! If you’re staying at home on the sofa with your duvet, recycling four beer bottles could save you enough energy to power your favourite Christmas classics, including Home Alone and Love Actually.

Angela Spiteri, campaign manager for Recycle for Wales said:

“Partygoers often forget you need energy for more than just dancing; the power for the party can come from simply taking the time to recycle your drinks bottles. It can take up to 95% less energy to make products from some recycled materials compared to creating materials from scratch.

#RecycledBeats highlights how this translates into actual energy to power all things musical – from bands and DJs playing across Cardiff this festive season.”

To find out more about #RecycledBeats, visit www.RecycleforWales.org.uk/RecycledBeats.

Make Noise Wales – swap broken electricals for fixed-up electronic beats!

Love ace music? Love recycling? Combine these loves at the launch party for an exciting new venture from Make Noise.


The Make Noise manifesto offers programming cutting edge electronic music events and making entry 100 per cent FREE in exchange for a piece of electrical recycling.

Party-goers just need to bring something to hand over at the door; a broken mobile phone, hairdryer or laptop – anything with a plug or a battery! Since it began, Make Noise has packed out venues all round the UK and recycled tonnes of electronic waste.

To kick start the 2016 tour, Make Noise will take over Cardiff’s Gwdihw on Tuesday 19th July 2016 for a very special and intimate launch event. The evening will feature a special live performance from Heavenly Recordings very own Stealing Sheep plus support from R.Seiliog.

Make Noise started in 2016 and is a unique partnership between ERP (European Recycling Platform) Heavenly Recordings and for this new Welsh chapter, Resource Efficiency Wales


Parti Lawnsio gyda gwesteion arbennig:
Launch Party with very special guests:

Stealing Sheep + R.Seiliog playing live + Heavenly Jukebox and Nyth DJs

Nos Fawrth Gorffennaf 19 – Mynediad am ddim gyda teclyn trydanol i’w ailgylchu!
Tuesday 19th July – Free entry with a piece of electrical recycling!

Cyflwynir gan / Presented by Heavenly Recordings, ERP, Resource Efficiency Wales + Nyth

Gwdihw Cafe Bar
6 Guildford Cres
CF10 2HJ

Make Noise Wales Facebook event


Giant spider webs due to hit Bute Park in August 2015 …

Bad news for the arachnophobes amongst you, TAPE is a giant web-like structure that arts collective Numen will be weaving between the trees in Bute Park for people to climb inside this August 2015.

Walk inside a sculpture in the trees made entirely from sticky tape!


1- 31 August 2015, Bute Park, Cardiff, 8am – 8pm

Croatian artist collective, Numen / For Use, are creating an interactive installation in the trees of Bute Park. Stretched between tree trunks like a giant spiders web or impossible cocoon, TAPE is a network of people-sized tunnels hanging in the air. Numen artist Sven Joke and a dedicated team of local volunteers worked over two weeks, carefully layering transparent sticky tape into an artwork strong enough to carry human weight.

TAPE’s organic form gradually evolved, nesting in one of Cardiff’s most accessible natural environments. It is for everyone – inspiring us to experience our park in a brand new way. There have been a number 0f different installations around the world, including Paris, Tokyo, Melbourne and Stockholm. Cardiff’s unique TAPE is the UK’s first public TAPE artwork.

After the exhibition is over, the art will be carefully removed and recycled into bird houses, specially designed by Numen artist Sven Jonke.

Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is delivered by RSPB Cymru in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and funded by Tesco customers through the Welsh Government’s carrier bag levy. Delivering free outreach sessions to all primary schools in Cardiff and free events for families, the project aims to put frogs, autumn leaves and muddy knees back in to childhood to help inspire the next generation to look after our city’s amazing wildlife.

“Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is so excited to be part of TAPE; a completely unique experience with nature from a totally new perspective – close to being a spider or a moth!” says Carolyn Robertson, Project Manager – Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff. “Tape is the perfect excuse to go wild in the city and spend an unforgettable day in Bute Park. We wish everybody who climbs inside TAPE a truly magic moment in the trees.”

Our advice? If you don’t like spiders, stay out of their webs…


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