Last Christmas I gave you my…card!
We could make a cardboard motorway stretching from Cardiff to Lapland over 100 times with all the card packaging we consume at Christmas. Whoa ho ho!
And yet when you look out on the wrapping paper massacre strewn across the lounge on the afternoon of 25th December you may ask yourself: why should I bother recycling my paper and card this Christmas? There are family members to entertain, recently opened presents to play with and the Eastenders Christmas Special is about to air. What difference can it possibly make to separate out my wrapping paper and card packaging for recycling anyway? Recycle for Wales is here to dispel this plus more of your top paper and card recycling myths:
Ultimate Paper and Card Myths Busted:
Read all about it: recycling paper is great!
Producing recycled paper uses up to 50% fewer chemicals than virgin paper so it’s much less polluting. What’s more, paper fibres can be recycled up to 7 times. And get this: it takes just 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as another newspaper!
Looks good on paper
Over 50% of the energy used in EU paper mills is from renewable resources. What’s more the paper industry returns over 85% of the water it uses.
And whilst it is true that trees are important to the process, that’s no bad thing. The paper industry drives forest growth, and as such Europe’s forests are actually increasing in size.
What’s it to me?
One of the huge benefits of making paper and card through recycling is that it requires much less energy. This saved energy can then be used for more valuable things. For one thing; recycling just one glossy magazine saves enough energy to boil a kettle 9 times.
That’ll keep your tea-drinking relatives happy over Christmas; but there’s also genuine local value to be gained from this saved energy. For instance, if every household in Wales recycled 2 toilet roll tubes it would save enough energy to power your local hospital for 2.6 weeks!
Unsure where to start on your personal paper trail?
Here are our three big hitters to help you maximize your recycling of paper and card over the festive season:
- Christmas cards that don’t have glitter on are recyclable (glitter causes issues during the recycling process as it can’t be removed). So just remember to tear off any glitter sections or non-paper items like badges and batteries.
- Cardboard packaging, including that from online shopping, can be recycled. Simply flatten to save space and remove any plastic or polystyrene inserts. If possible don’t leave it out in the rain– if cardboard is wet then mould sets in meaning it can’t be recycled.
- With wrapping paper and gift bags there is the super handy scrunch test: if you scrunch it and it doesn’t spring back then it can be recycled – sorted!
To find out more about how paper and card is collected in your local area visit our postcode locator.