Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has recently been urging people in the city to recycle all of their waste over the Christmas period. It is estimated that if people recycle to their full capacity London alone will save nearly £3 million. When disposing of waste, the cost of putting it in landfill is 25% higher than the cost of recycling materials.
It is estimated that over the Christmas period the citizens of London will produce nearly 30,000 tons of extra waste. Around 2000 tonnes of this waste is going to be glass and if this waste was actually recycled it would result in a carbon saving of over 600 tonnes. It is also estimated that around 75 tonnes of Christmas tree lights are going to be disposed of as well as nearly 700 tonnes of aluminium foil.
Mayor Johnson had said, “If we manage to recycle more this Christmas we are going to save the city of huge amount of money and this could be spent on other things that the city needs. This year recycling is easier to do than ever so if you are thinking about making a new years resolution then why say to yourself you are going to recycle more.”
The mayor is also encouraging people to recycle their Christmas trees and there are greater facilities to do this in the city than ever before. Christmas trees are ground up and used as fertiliser which is a much more environmentally friendly option than having them put into landfill. The campaign surrounding the promotion of recycling has recently come under criticism for being wasteful of city funds in a time of economic crisis.