Contrary to popular belief, festive items like Christmas cards, turkey foils or batteries are recyclable products. Anybody having plenty of this kind of Christmas remnants can get rid of them at Sainsbury’s, which is part of a plan targeting an increase in recycle rates and to allocate funds for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
It is estimated that along with 13,350 tonnes of glass and 4,500 tonnes of tin foil, enough wrapping papers are disposed at every Christmas which can encircle the equator 9 times. According to the retailer, if the glass alone could be recycled, 4200 tonnes of CO2 can be saved, which is equivalent of removing 1300 cars from the streets for 1 year.
The company offers glass, cardboard and clothes recycling facility in its 300 stores and claims that other items like batteries, wrapping paper and one-time baking trays could also be recycled now.
Within January 15, 500 stores will be equipped with card recycling bins, while Sainsbury’s will also make a donation to the FSC according to the amount of the cards collected. Sainsbury’s sustainability head, Paul Crewe has said that they are conscious of the fact that their customers are environment friendly and they want to decrease their impact on landfill too.
Therefore, the company is offering simple and straightforward ways to sustainable living and enabling them to recycle their post-Christmas wastes easily. In the meantime, councils all over the country are asking homes and offices to avoid sending Christmas trees to landfill and to take the service of Christmas tree recycling facilities.
The news comes at a time when government studies are prescribing different food waste collection and regular rubbish rounds in order to expand the recycling process. According to the Press Association’s analysis, most of the councils which were successful in increasing their recycle rate in the previous year have introduced food waste recycling and periodical refuse collection programs.