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How to reduce your household waste this Christmas

Use up your leftover food

Collectively, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food every year and chances are there’ll be a lot of food left on the table after you’ve finished your big Christmas meal. Leftover turkey makes for a tasty sandwich, fruit and veg peelings can be used for compost and hungry birds are sure to appreciate a bit of mince pie to help them through the winter.

Don’t throw away old things

Getting a shiny new phone for Christmas doesn’t mean you have to throw away your old one. Recycle things you don’t need or won’t use any more, or drop them off at your local charity shop and make someone else’s year. The same applies to used batteries, which can be deposited at many supermarkets or household waste recycling centres.

Join Freecycle

Freecycle is a gifting network with over 9 million members around the world. Their aim is to reduce waste and our dependency on landfill sites by reusing and recycling unwanted items – you can find your local Freecycle group on their website.

Avoid wasting wrapping paper

Painstakingly wrapping all the presents you’ve bought is one of the more tedious and time-consuming parts of Christmas preparation, but most people simply tear off the paper and toss it to one side. Taking the time to recycle all your wrapping paper is an excellent way to reduce waste, as is using old brown paper or newspaper as a substitute. Christmas cards can easily be cut up and repurposed as festive gift tags for next year.

Don’t buy more than you need

Whether it’s food, presents or wrapping paper, try your best to plan ahead and work out exactly how much you need. Last-minute panic buying is likely to leave you with a surplus, so save time and money by making a shopping list and only getting what you need.

Acumen provides waste management and site services to industries all over the country. If you’re interested in finding out more, please give us a call on 01977 529586 or send your enquiries to

Head Office, Knottingley

Acumen House, Headlands Lane, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, WF11 0LA

Phone: 01977 529586


Acumen Waste Services, Tame Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 6LL

Phone: 01977 529586

West Midlands

Acumen Waste Services, Lincoln Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 0DX

Phone: 01902 352100

York - Escrick

Acumen Waste Recovery Park, The Old Brick & Tile Works, YO19 6ED

Phone: 01977 529586


No 2 East Site, East Terminal, Immingham Dock, Immingham

Phone: 01977 529586


Keighley Office, Newbridge Industrial Estate, Pitt Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 4PQ

Phone: 0845 600 3572

York - Harewood Whin

Liquid Treatment Plant, Harewood Whinn, Tinker Lane, Rufforth, York, YO2 3RR

Phone: 01977 529586