Do you know how much food we waste at Christmas? Or how much CO2 could be saved through recycling? Check out our handy infographic here.
While North Devon’s chances of a white Christmas aren’t high, you can certainly make this one a green Christmas.
Householders are being urged to think of the environment and recycle as much as possible over the festive season.
With many homes generating more waste over the period than they would usually, Recycle Devon says it’s the ideal time to recycle everything you can.
For instance glass bottles and jars can be recycled again and again.
Food can be put in kerbside caddies - but planning ahead and freezing leftovers can help reduce the amount wasted.
And while we might spend a little extra time getting ready for Christmas and New Year nights out, just remember that toiletries such as plastic shower gel, shampoo bottles and deodorants can all be recycled.
Liz Jarvis, the senior waste manager for Devon County Council, one of the 10 authorities which makes up Recycle Devon, said: “A little effort goes a long way. Planning how much food you will need by using our food planner, letting visitors know where your recycling bins are and what goes in them can all make a difference.
“Devon is one of the top recycling county’s in Britain and I want to thank residents for their hard work and continued recycling efforts so let’s work together so we can have a green Christmas.”
When the festivities are over,with a mass of new gifts being given and received, there are bound to be clear outs of old furniture, clothing, tired models of equipment that have been replaced by the new gifts you have received.
Unwanted items can be passed on to someone else, or check out the Reuse it section on recycledevon.org for local reuse information in your area.
Not sure what can be recycled in North Devon? Check out our handy guide to Christmas recycling here.