Recycle Devon encourage everyone to reuse and recycle this holiday season with Golden Ticket competition

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Posted on: 20 December 2019

Devon residents have the chance to win a Golden Ticket prize to enjoy free days out at all of Devon’s Top Attractions for four people, by pledging to recycle and reuse over Christmas and into 2020.

For your chance to win, pledge to reuse and recycle at on the Recycle Devon website.

The prize draw ends at midnight on the 5 January.

The Golden Ticket lasts for a year, is worth up to £2,000 and is courtesy of Devon’s Top Attractions.

Waste increases by 30% (Biffa) over the festive season and much of it can easily be reduced, reused or recycled.

Indulgent food and drink is a big part of Christmas for many families but we are often tempted to buy and cook too much, with 3 in 4 Brits struggling to eat everything bought (Hubbub).

As a result, approximately 2 million turkeys and 74 million mince pies are thrown away every Christmas (Hubbub).

To reduce leftovers and save money, plan portion sizes and only cook what is needed. If no-one eats Brussel sprouts, don’t buy them!  If there are any leftovers, freeze what you can and reinvent ingredients to make new meals.

If you have a real Christmas tree, give it a new lease of life by composting it once the festive season is over.  Either take it to a recycling centre or check to see if your local council provides a collection. Better yet, buy a tree with roots that you can re-use every year.  If you have opted for a fake tree, try to keep it in tip top condition for future years in order to reduce its carbon footprint.

Wrapping paper and cards can be tricky to recycle, so residents are urged to check which bin to use. Glitter can cause problems in the recycling process and often wrapping paper is too low quality to provide the long fibres needed. Current trends favour brown paper with reusable ribbon or string, or even fabric wraps, for a more sustainable alternative.

David Harvey, Chair of the Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee said “Waste in the holiday period increases by almost a third. Although the festive season is an enjoyable time for all, this increase means that recycling and re-using becomes especially important.

There are lots of easy things that you can pledge to do over this period to help reduce waste, such as using recyclable wrapping paper and freezing leftovers to use later in other great recipes. When Christmas is over why not try composting your tree, taking it to a recycling centre or seeing if your local council has collections.”

Anne Blackham, Devon’s Top Attractions said “We are delighted to work with Recycle Devon and help reduce waste in Devon over the festive period by supporting their holiday recycling campaign. Pledge to recycle and reuse during the holidays and be entered for a chance to win a Golden Ticket to our attractions.”

For more information on what to recycle and handy tips on what to do with unwanted items and waste food, visit the Recycle Devon website.

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