CAMPASPE Shire is urging residents to be mindful with waste this festive season.
During this time of celebration with family and friends, have you ever thought about how much goes to waste?
In Campaspe Shire, the amount of waste generated and sent to landfill over the Christmas and New Year period increases by 48 per cent.
Here are four handy tips to help you be mindful of the environmental impact you have this Christmas.
■Love a Christmas tree
Buy a good quality artificial tree so it will last many years, or be mindful of the best ways to deal with a live tree once Christmas is over.
Smaller live trees can be cut into small pieces and put in your green organics bin, or bigger live trees can be taken to your nearest transfer station for mulching.
■Give thoughtful gifts
Give a gift that recipients really want so it is less likely to be discarded or shoved to the back of the cupboard.
Give a treat which has less environmental impact, such as a massage or tickets to an event, or make something yourself.
■Prevent food waste
Food waste makes up 37 per cent of the average Campaspe waste bin.
Plan your meals ahead so leftovers can be eaten cold or are easy to reheat the next day — you’ll be able to put your feet up on Boxing Day, which is also National Leftovers Day.
Compost fruit and vegetable scraps or feed leftovers to pets.
Limit waste in the first place by buying in bulk or choosing groceries and gifts without unnecessary packaging.
Place any aluminum cans, glass bottles, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, cards, plastic bottles and tin cans in your kerbside recycling bin.
Know what contaminates your recycling, such as plastic bags, crockery, broken drinking glasses, styrofoam and children’s toys.