Recycle, Reuse, Reduce This Christmas

By Lindsey Last edited 100 months ago
Recycle, Reuse, Reduce This Christmas

starve_your_bin.jpg Londonist towers got extra recycling bags and helpful advice from the council through the door this week encouraging extra recycling over this most consumptive of holidays. The Mayor is also giving recycling a push, saying it's a "cracking time to prove your eco-credentials" and get creative with your waste (hur). We've picked 4 simple things that you can do to help make the yuletide gay leaner and greener:

  • Find recipes for leftovers, advice on what to freeze (cake, onions, potatoes? Sure!) and a perfect portions planner at Love Food, Hate Waste
  • When you're ripping off that wrapping, spare a thought for all that packaging. Recycle or reuse the paper, keep giftbags and ribbons for next year and think up alternative uses for boxes and baskets.
  • Find your local Freecycle group and make space for your Christmas presents with a timely clear out (or find good homes for those well meant but unwanted presents).
  • Check what you can recycle and your recycling collection days at Recycle Now
  • Give love, not stuff. It's the thought that counts. We love you! Happy Christmas.

    Last Updated 23 December 2009


    Plush life up there - Southwark won't take anything that won't fit in the blue box, we have to drip feed our festive party recycling in for weeks!


    Surely Southwark do bottle banks and communal recycling facilities as well?


    Freegive encourages poeple to recycle their unwanted items for free. Freegive connects people who are giving and getting unwanted items for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills and, at the same time, helping someone in your community by gifting them the item you no longer need. Another benefit of using Freegive is that it encourages poeple to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process. By using Freegive, not only are you able to get rid of your item with the minimum of fuss; you will also be doing your part in stopping another reusable item ending up in a landfill. It's completely free to join. Visit freegive homepage at

    If you've got stuff you don't want anymore, you can recycle it for free on Freegive group is active in all London Boroughs and United Kingdom. Find a group near you at

    Summary: everyone should join!

    Julie Baker

    This is a fantastic cause and everyone should be recycling, I do constantly. Like free stuff they offer unwanted goods etc and its fantastic love getting a freebie.