Londoners urged to eat, drink and recycle

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

London Councils is reminding people across the capital to recycle throughout the festive season to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste that ends up in landfill sites.

Figures produced by London Councils, the membership body representing the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, show that at this time of year, Londoners will have lots of opportunities to recycle.

In London it is estimated that during Christmas and New Year:

  • 38,000 tonnes of card and paper packaging will be used,
  • More than 138 million cards will be sent,
  • Around 1.32 million turkeys will be consumed,
  • Roughly 1,757 tonnes of glass will be disposed of,
  • 192,000 real trees will be on display,
  • An estimated 5.79 tonnes of Christmas tree lights will be thrown away.

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of the London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:

“There’s no reason to let good recycling habits slip during Christmas and New Year. Instead, why not do your bit for the environment by trying to recycle everything you can and encouraging family and friends to do so too?

“From real Christmas trees that have seen better days to torn wrapping paper and empty glass jars and bottles, there will be plenty to dispose of after the festivities have ended. It doesn’t take a minute to find out what you can recycle in your borough and minimise the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.”

London households currently recycle 33.1 per cent of their waste, about 10 per cent less than the national average.

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