December is traditionally a month of festivities, enjoying the good things in life, observance and celebration. Unfortunately, this can easily result in extra waste produced from all that has been consumed, bought and used. Every Christmas Westminster businesses throw away no less than 6800 trees worth of cardboard containing shop deliveries alone. The extra general waste thrown away in December in Westminster is used to generate enough electricity to roast the equivalent of 915,342 Christmas dinner turkeys.
It is straightforward and easy to keep that extra general waste to a minimum by reducing how much commercial waste you produce and recycling more of it. All our collection services for businesses operate as normal during the Christmas and New Year’s period and there are no service changes. If you have special service requests during December then just let us know.
This article gives some handy points to consider during this festive period. Keep reading to learn how to reduce your waste and make your business more sustainable for the festive season.
|Did you know that in the UK, businesses and consumers throw away over 108 million rolls of wrapping paper, 54 million platefuls of food and 100 million black bags filled with gift packaging over Christmas?|
Top priority: reduce your waste over Christmas
The first step towards helping to reduce the enormous amount of waste generated over Christmas is to look at ways in which you can reduce the waste you produce.
This may sound like a challenge during the busy festive period, especially with an increase in business which naturally leads to an increase in waste.
|Here are some tricks to help you get started:
Download our waste reduction guide which gives even more handy tips on waste reduction.
After reducing as much of your waste as possible, we can help you get rid of that extra rubbish from office and staff parties, get you extra collections for your bins or containers, recycle your food waste and even collect your old Christmas tree for composting.
Ordering extra waste and recycling collections
When your commercial waste and recycling bins fill up quicker during December then just ask us to collect a few times more often.
How to recycle Christmas food waste
Did you know that our food supply causes 34% of all greenhouse gases ? As you can probably guess, food wastage over the Christmas period affects a large number of hospitality businesses. Take a look at our food waste guide for tips on how to reduce this waste.
We would be delighted to collect food waste from your business. Please contact our local representatives today.
Handling Christmas trees
The best way to handle Christmas trees is to rent a potted tree that you can send back alive and healthy to the farm for reuse next year.
|If that is not possible, Westminster City Council offers free tree disposal to local businesses. Simply drop off your tree at one of our collection points.|
We also offer collections from your doorstep if you cannot make it to the collection point yourself.
If your tree is under 2 meters tall, you can affix the yellow sticker and present it for your next waste collection. You can also cut up the tree and place it in your general waste bin.
Larger trees just need a booking made to have them collected, which you can do here.
Handling event waste from your work parties and corporate festivities
Did you know that approximately 18,000 tonnes of recycling and waste will be produced across the borough during the festive season? This is the highest amount created throughout the year, and if we hope to improve the current Westminster recycling rate, we need to think about ways to improve our waste handling this Christmas period.
This is why we need to properly sort event rubbish, recycling and food waste. Make sure to put paper, glass, recyclable plastic, cans, Tetra paks and cardboard into the recycling bin. General waste includes food soiled items, plastic bags and polystyrene. Finally, make sure any food waste from business or catering-related events goes into the food waste bin.
If you need help determining your waste and recycling needs, we are happy to provide a free waste audit.