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Green Santa’s present list for the planet


Green Santa is back! As well as wishing us all a merry old time, he has a Christmas wish too – please give a gift to the planet as well as your family and friends.

That means avoiding cards with batteries and glitter and steering clear of wrapping paper with a foil or plastic lining. To stay in Green Santa’s good books this year, you can:

1. Recycle all your cardboard. Mince pie, biscuit, and chocolate boxes; delivery and toy boxes. Fold to make more room.

2. Empty, rinse and dry all food and drink packaging. Then place in your recycling bin, loose not bagged.

3. Recycle all your cards and wrapping. So long as they are glitter, foil and plastic free, please place in your recycling bin.

4. Place unrecyclable items such as polystyrene, bubble wrap, and plastic film in your rubbish bin. If in doubt, check it out with the Surrey Recycles search tool or app.

5. Plan your festive food shopping in advance with a food app. Freeze leftovers or extra food to enjoy later.

6. Get creative with your leftovers. Why not try out some of our delicious recipes?

7. Put food that can’t be eaten into your food caddy.  Such as bones, eggshells and peelings.

8. Remember some items must be recycled separately. Unwanted gifts like clothes, small electricals and batteries cannot be placed in your recycling bin.

For more information download the Surrey Recycles app. Or refresh your recycling knowledge with our waste sorting game.

Planet friendly prep for the festive season

If you’re looking forward to the festive season, but still want to do your bit for the environment, here’s our 10 top tips for planet friendly festivities:

1. Only buy wrapping paper and cards that can be recycled. Avoid any that contain glitter, are lined with foil or plastic, and include batteries – they can’t be recycled.

2. Homemade wrapping paper and cards are a great alternative. Watch our short ‘how to’ film.

3. Create your own wreath from natural materials. And compost afterwards.

4. Make your own crackers and decorations out of recyclable materials. There are lots of great ideas online.

5. Choose a real Christmas tree. They can be recycled in some areas or taken to your local community recycling centre.

6. Repair or re-wear festive jumpers. Avoid fast fashion and buying new, find out more here

7. Upcycle items that you might otherwise throw away. Give as gifts instead, watch our film for inspiration.

8. Support local businesses and the planet. Buy presents and decorations from zero waste shops in Surrey – see details below.

9. Select energy-saving LED fairy lights. They use far less energy than filament light bulbs.

10. Plan your festive food shopping. Try food apps to plan your shops, use our recipes to turn leftovers into tasty meals, and freeze what you might need later.

Zero waste shops in Surrey