Fight the festive war on waste

The festive waste overflow means that Father Christmas won't be the only one sneaking around making deliveries. Photo: File
The festive waste overflow means that Father Christmas won't be the only one sneaking around making deliveries. Photo: File

With the festive season ramping up, Barossa families now gear up to bake, baste, glaze and roast their way into the New Year.

As kitchens around the nation go into overdrive, research from Nestlé has found that rubbish bins will be more stuffed than a turducken, with more than two thirds of householders preparing for their bins to bulge with excess waste.

The festive waste overflow means that Father Christmas won't be the only one sneaking around making deliveries, with four in five Barossa residents admitting to stealthily stowing waste in their neighbours' bins.

Nestlé packaging specialist Jacky Nordsvan says there are some simple things we can do to keep the bin lid down and help win the war on festive waste.

"December is certainly a wonderful time for lots of creations from the kitchen - unfortunately this often means more food packaging waste, making it essential for us to think about how to recycle right," Nordsvan said.

Research shows that while the majority of South Australian households are passionate about wanting to recycle right, an equally high number admit to inadvertently putting rubbish in the wrong bin.

"We know that Barossa Valley residents care passionately about the environment, but recycling can be confusing," Nordsvan said.

"One of the easiest things to do is to look for and follow the Australasian Recycling Label on pack - it's a recipe for recycling right."

The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) offers clear instructions on pack on what to do with every bit of packaging - whether it goes in the recycling bin, rubbish bin, or special instructions that should be followed.

Top tips to recycling:

Know what bin to recycle in: Look for the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), a recipe for recycling right - it tells you what packaging can be recycled, and how to recycle it.

Are you a scruncher or a folder?: Different materials need to be disposed of in different ways. The ARL shows you any instructions that must be followed, such as scrunch, flatten or fold, to be able to recycle the packaging component.

Be a giver this Christmas: Give back your soft plastics. Set up your own 'Santa sack', stow your soft plastics, then drop them for recycling at a REDcycle collection point, available at most supermarkets.

Get loose this festive season: Put all your recyclables in your recycling bin loose, not inside a bag or other recyclables. Sadly, Santa's elves aren't siting on the recycling line helping to pull things apart.

If in doubt, chuck it out: If you're not sure if something can be recycled, to avoid contaminating the recycling stream, put it in your red bin.

For more information visit: www.arl.org.au