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Be a smarter shopper this Christmas- 12 Dec 2011

Are you looking forward to Christmas, but weary of the extra clutter it’ll bring around the house? Excited about the turkey dinners, even though most of it will end up as stuffing in landfill?

Christmas can be a time when we all overindulge, that’s why the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership have come up with ten tips to follow so you can slim your shopping, cut the clutter and make more of your money!


– Before you go out shopping write a list, as you’re less likely to make an impulsive and unnecessary buy which you may regret later on.
– Chances are someone in your house will need batteries, so buy some rechargeables which can be used over and over again. If you’ve got old non-rechargeable batteries drop them off at a local Recycling Centre.
– If you’re buying a present for someone why not give them gift tokens or vouchers, that way they’ll be able to choose what they’d like.
– When out shopping remember to bring re-usable bags with you.
– Instead of sending Christmas cards, send an e-card, which will save you money and cut waste.
– Craft any Christmas cards you got last year into gift tags.
– Instead of wrapping paper, use gift bags which have got a much longer life-shelf and can be used over and over again.
– People can tend to buy too much food at Christmas, so try and make a list before you head out, and freeze any leftovers so you can use them again.
– If you’ve got a home composter then add in Christmas leftovers like fruit and veg peelings. And if you haven’t got a composter, then maybe ask for one as a gift!
– Your doorstep recycling collection will accept a lot of the waste you create so remember to take full advantage of it. For bulkier items, visit your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Carl Beer, said: “A huge amount of rubbish is generated at this time of year, but alongside that there is a great opportunity to promote a message of consuming less, creating less waste and recycling as much as we can.”

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Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of MRWA, plus the District Councils of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.

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