Christmas is often such a time of happiness, celebration, and joy, between the gift-giving, the meals shared with friends, family, and loved ones, and all those Christmas-time traditions that we hold dear. It’s also usually a very busy time, with hours spent decorating, buying presents, cleaning our homes, and preparing for events in the lead-up to the big day. But amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, sometimes we can lose sight of sustainability and in particular, recycling. So, during this exciting and busy time of year, it’s important to be conscious of the steps that we can take to reuse, recycle, and contribute positively to the environment. Keep reading to find out the 4 ways that you can recycle this Christmas season, and how you can sell scrap metal that you find in your pre-Christmas clean-out.
Gift Buying, Wrapping, and Giving
When it comes to gift giving, there are so many things to think about – from choosing the perfect gift, staying within your budget, and then the final touches like wrapping and cards. But this Christmas season, there are some things you can do to focus on re-usage and recycling, in order to have a more sustainable Christmas!
You can think about purchasing some handmade and recycled Christmas gifts, or you could consider upcycling something yourself for a recycled gift with a personal touch. Plus, it’s also important to think about all that wrapping paper that gets ripped off presents and tossed in the bin – consider purchasing recyclable wrapping paper this year!
Re-use and Recycle in the Kitchen
When it comes to Christmas, many people spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it’s no surprise that there is a lot of food waste at this time of year. First, you can consider re-using the aluminium foil and foil trays that play a large part in the preparation of a big Christmas lunch or dinner. If your piece of foil has been only lightly used, then you could extend its life by reusing it. Plus, it’s then important to recycle foil correctly – in Victoria, aluminium foil can be recycled, though, in some councils, it must be scrunched into a ball roughly the size of a fist.
Another consideration for the kitchen at Christmas time is trying to curb the amount of food waste that you produce. Of course, composting your produce scraps can always help with this – and if you’re not already composting, now is a perfect time to start!
Recycled Christmas Decorations
When it comes to Christmas traditions, decorating is a huge one! From Christmas trees to garlands and fairy lights, new decorations are always tempting, no matter the number of decorations you already have at home! One simple thing that you can do is reuse the decorations that you already have at home from year to year, instead of purchasing new ones.
You can also consider re-purposing things that you have around the house, or things you happen to come across into decorations. For example: do you have old Christmas cards lying around? Or perhaps ones that have never even been written on? You could cut or stamp shapes out of these cards, and string them together to create a unique cardboard garland! Check out this ABC article for more tips on reusing and recycling this Christmas.
Clean Up Sustainably and Sell Scrap Metal
If you’re doing the big pre-Christmas house and yard clean, make sure to do it sustainably! There are a number of things you can do to make your clean-up better for the environment, including recycling properly and responsibly, and this is especially true when it comes to scrap metal.
It’s possible that you come across scrap metal during your cleaning, whether it’s in the form of disused appliances, scrap brass or copper, or scrap cans from your Christmas holiday cooking.
Here at Metal Men Recycling, you can be assured that when you sell scrap metal to us, we recycle it, which contributes positively to our environment in many ways. Check out our guide to the ways that scrap metal recycling benefits the environment.
Need to Sell Scrap Metal?
Look no further than Metal Men Recycling. Whether your pre-Christmas clean-out has left you needing to sell excess scrap cans, or old appliances, we are here to help you with all your scrap metal needs. Backed by over 50 years of combined metal industry experience, we are proud to provide excellent customer service and a seamless selling process from start to finish.