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The 12 Do's of Christmas

Date: 19-Dec-11

The 12 Do's of Christmas © Sara McGregor

Waste is one of the biggest environmental issues at Christmas, as this time of celebration is traditionally accompanied by seasonal increases in eating, drinking and spending. The average Australian household now spends $204 on groceries each week, so throwing away food is pretty much the same as throwing away money.  

Reducing waste begins with planning your grocery list, buying presents that will be used and will last, and then recycling whatever waste is left over. The 12 Do’s of Christmas will help you, your family and friends get started.

RecyclingNearYou lists collection locations and drop off points for items including e-waste like batteries and mobile phones, as well as information on how to recycle leftovers and food scraps, foil trays, aluminium cans, custard cartons, Christmas trees, cards and wrapping paper.

For more information about The 12 Do’s of Christmas, visit or check out our I Heart Recycling Facebook page to hear Planet Ark’s take on the traditional Christmas carol.

The 12 Do’s Of Christmas fact sheet is ideal for inspiring friends and family to reduce their waste this year. Use the share functions on this page to send them a copy.

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