Planet Ark are urging Logan residents to take part in the The 12 dos of Christmas recycling and rubbish campaign.
The awareness campaign includes tips for reducing food waste and excess packaging, more environmentally friendly choices when buying gifts and recycling items like wrapping paper, foil, cartons, drink containers, plastic and cards as well as electronics and batteries.
Planet Ark Recycling Programs Manager Ryan Collins said christmas was a time where residents spend, eat and party more than normal, so planning meals and present buying is essential to keep a budget.
“It’s no wonder that councils report dramatic waste spikes over the festive season and everyone’s credit card bills skyrocket,” he said.
“It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement and buy too much.
“When you throw food in the bin it’s pretty much like throwing money away.
“It also represents a waste of the water, fuel and resources it took to get the food from the paddock to your plate.
“Meal planning, sticking to a list and buying presents in plenty of time avoids those last-minute panic buys, saving you money and lessening the environmental impact of Christmas.”
Electronic waste is also a big theme at Christmas as people receive new electronic items like mobiles, tablets and computers or and toys as gifts, which are often battery-heavy.
As electronics include non-renewable and toxic materials, it’s important to make sure that old ones are re-homed or responsibly recycled.
“Checking RecyclingNearYou or downloading the free recycling app is the best way to avoid arguments over what goes in the recycling,” Mr Collins said.
The interactive app draws data from the RecyclingNearYou site for every Australian council and allows users to easily search for information about how to recycle over 170 household items.
Logan residents can visit http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/council/LoganQLD for more information about the where to recycle.
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