Unhappy Mass Waste

In case you have been living under a rock, Christmas is fast approaching with Black Friday already having come and gone. From a waste manager’s perspective Christmas can be a time of great waste particularly with regard to food waste. Below are my top five tips for reducing the amount of waste at home this Christmas.

1. Reduce paper use by using Furoshiki, an ancient Japanese tradition. It can be used to wrap boxes, small objects and bottles. In Japan, to use a furoshiki when taking a present to a friend is considered good manners.

2. People often buy too much food, get the turkey size right with this helpful video.

3. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for ideas on how to use up leftovers.

4. Don’t use shiny wrapping paper as this cannot be recycled, the normal paper kind can be recycled with all your other paper. Even better, take it off carefully and reuse it.

5. Check with your local council’s website about how best to recycle your old Christmas tree. They may have a special collection.

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Picture from Harlow Council/WRAP

For further waste advice please contact waste@westminster.ac.uk

Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood

Waste Coordinator at The University of Westminster
Andrew coordinates all the waste although would prefer to be known as a ‘resources’ coordinator.

He has a degree in Environmental Management and Geography and completed an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy.

a.sherwood@westminster.ac.uk
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