Are you dreaming of a green Christmas? Try these top tips for a more sustainable Christmas!
Become a wrap artist
Instead of traditional wrapping paper, embrace the Japanese art of furoshiki and use scarves or pieces of fabric. However, if you are still set on using traditional wrapping paper, use tape sparingly and choose paper that can be recycled, avoiding cellophane or any metallic wrapping paper.
These simple changes will help save the more than 27,000 tonnes of paper, cardboard and magazines that end up in Brisbane's landfill each year! Toy packaging, empty soft drink bottles and cans, as well as tin foil scrunched into a ball can also be recycled!
Remember, recyclables should be placed loosely in your recycling bin and not bagged in plastic. And if you have already ordered and received your larger recycling bin to replace your existing 240-litre recycling bin you'll have extra space in your bin, in time for Christmas recycling.
Deck the halls - responsibly
Resist the temptation to buy cheap plastic decorations and instead invest in good quality decorations made of wood or glass that will last for years.
Set the table with an eclectic mix of plates and cutlery you already have at home or pick up from Council's tip shops or a charity op shop. Dishwashing is surprisingly quick when you have family to help and it means you'll save plenty of single-use plates, cups and cutlery from ending up in landfill.
Get guests to BYO containers
While we're all for food love, we also hate waste, so ask your guests to BYO their own containers so you can load them up with leftovers before they leave. Opt for containers over plastic wrap, which is not accepted in your household recycling bin.
Compost your scraps
A surprising amount of Christmas waste can be composted, from eggshells to mango seeds and vegetable peels. So, why not try your hand at composting or worm farming. Brisbane City Council's Compost Rebate Program will help you save $70 on your new system. If composting at home is not for you, consider joining one of Council's Community Composting Hubs, where you can easily transport your food scraps for composting at a hub near you. See Council's website for details.
Ditch the stocking fillers
Give practical gifts like a handmade gift from local markets or gift an experience like tickets to a local show, a movie pass or a voucher for a restaurant or day spa.
For a thoughtful green gift, Brisbane ratepayers can claim two free native plants from Council. You can take your pick of plant to make sure it will fit any garden, big or small, or even choose a pot-sized native for an apartment.
Spruce up your backyard
Use the Christmas break to tidy up your backyard without sending your garden waste to landfill by ordering a Green Waste Recycling Bin. Council is waiving the $30 establishment fee when rate account holders order their new bin. Call Council on 3403 8888 to find out more.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
If your end of year mission is to do a household clean out, you'll be glad to know that Brisbane's Resource Recovery Centres are open 365 days a year. Remember to separate your recyclables like cardboard, e-waste and batteries and recycle these for free. Quality household items like bed frames, bookcases, books and other furniture can also be donated for free to Council's tip shops via the Resource Recovery Centres.
Set and forget
Your bin days won't change throughout the holiday season, even if your bin day falls on Christmas Day or New Year's Day! When in doubt though, download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app from the App Store and set up a bin day reminder. There's also an easy, searchable recycling guide so you can be confident you're putting the right thing in the right bin.