Over five million extra cans of drink will be consumed over Christmas. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a set of Christmas tree lights for two hours.
Over Christmas, Britons will eat more than 175 million mince pies. Their foil cases can be recycled.
More than 19,000 tonnes of turkey will be consumed over Christmas, much of it packaged in recyclable foil trays.
Over eight million real Christmas trees will be bought in Britain over Christmas, the majority of which will be thrown away, generating 160,000 tonnes of waste equating to 21 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
An estimated 500 tonnes of Christmas tree lights are thrown away in the UK after every Christmas, but all waste electrical equipment can be recycled at household waste recycling centres.
The UK will consume 5.5 million jars of mincemeat, 12 million jars of pickles and 6.5 million jars of cranberries. Recycling the jars would save enough energy to boil the water for 60 million cups of tea.
Over 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will be thrown away in the UK over Christmas. Wrapping paper can be shredded, recycled or even re-used.
The message is therefore recycle recycle recycle.
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