‘Tis the season to be jolly, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a burden on the environment. Here are a few simple ideas to help make the festive season more sustainable.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says Brisbane residents are great recyclers year-round, and he doesn’t want us to get slack at Christmas time.

“By continuing to recycle and reuse as much as possible at Christmas time, we can all play a part in saving valuable resources from landfill,” Cr Quirk says.

“Residents who are expecting an influx of extra recycling items over the festive season such as cardboard, glass bottles, cans and paper can order a larger or additional recycling bin from Council for a one-off fee of $30.

“It’s also a great idea to check your bin collection days over the holiday period using Council’s new Brisbane Bin and Recycling app, as bin collections don’t stop on public holidays such as Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.”

Other sustainable tips for the festive season include:

  • Opt for reusable containers for your leftovers rather than using cling wrap, which can’t be recycled.
  • Say no to plastic bags and bring reusable fabric bags when shopping for all of the Christmas essentials instead.
  • Once the Christmas cookies are baked put the sheet of foil in the recycling bin.
  • Remember to recycle common Christmas staples like wrapping paper, toy packaging, plastic disposable plates, cutlery and cups, and empty soft drink bottles.

Cr Quirk says residents can also recycle at Council’s transfer stations during the holidays.

“Council’s transfer stations at Nudgee, Willawong, Ferny Grove and Chandler are open from 6:30am to 5:45pm every day of the year including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

“Residents can recycle for free at the Willawong transfer station which makes it easy to recycle items such as household batteries, empty LPG bottles up to 9 kilograms, electronic waste and household goods.

“I thank residents for their continued efforts towards recycling which will help to achieve our vision of a clean, green city.”

You can download Council’s new Brisbane Bin and Recycling app for free via the App Store or Google Play. You can also find recycling tips in Council’s free online Brisbane’s Best Recycling Guide for Households, which is also available in five languages other than English.

Will you be having an eco-friendly Christmas? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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