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Shop Smart, Waste Less and Save Money this Christmas (23 Nov 2012)

Local waste prevention and recycling officers are asking people to ‘’shop smart’’ this Christmas in a bid to create less waste and save money.

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

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “At this time of year you can end up with a lot of clutter around the house and too much material ends up in landfill. By planning what you buy, making lists and shopping smarter you will create less waste, as well as saving you time and money.”

Top ten waste prevention tips:

– Before you go out shopping write a list and stick to it, 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 batteries drop them off at a local Recycling Centre.

– If you’re buying a present for someone why not give them gift tokens, tickets to events, 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 e-cards, 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 and can be used over and over again.

– People 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 (contact your local Council for details). 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.”

For more recycling and waste prevention tips visit recycleformerseyside.com.

ENDS

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.

Media enquiries: John Lally, 0151 255 2568 / john.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk