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How To Get Ahead Of Christmas Trash

Just about anything and everything can be recycled. By recycling we are ensuring our environment is reduced in pollutants and that landfill is kept to a minimum. When a material is recycled we are converting it into a new product which reduces the need to consume and use natural resources.

Christmas packaging

Over 12.5 million tons of paper and cardboard are used each year. By bagging up Christmas packaging and recycling it, is the equivalent of a tree per household that could be saved.

Food packaging

Foil pans used for food can be recycled. Carefully wash these items before placing in a suitable recycling bin. Plastic can take up to 500 years to fully decompose, yet it can be recycled.


Glass is 100% recyclable and can be reused over and over again. Shockingly, 5 out of every 6 glass bottles are thrown away. This Christmas you could recycle every glass bottle used and save the environment a little.

Aluminium drink cans & tins

Recycling just 1 can will save enough energy to run a set of Christmas tree lights for 2 hours. Every steel can is 100% recyclable.

Real Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees are biodegradable so they can easily be recycled or reused.

Christmas cards

Christmas cards can be added to a suitable recycling bin

Broken Christmas lights

Broken Christmas lights can be recycled.

Discard or donate

If you received a new gift which is simply replacing an older version, think how you could reuse/donate the older one.

Electrical equipment

Charities will offer a collection service on electrical equipment which is in working order or you could consider selling any electrical equipment on a local selling site.

Broken items

Anything which cannot be recycled or donated should be disposed of. Lack of time/transport are factors in homes not recycling or adequately disposing of recyclables wisely. Consider using a junk removal company. We cover the Northern Virginia areas and surrounding areas on a same day service and offer weekend and evening appointments. Trash is charged by volume, so you’ll only pay for the items you are disposing of. We are fully committed to sustainable living and where possible we reuse and recycle.