Recycle Now: Green Christmas tips

10 December 2009 — 3:16 PM

Christmas is a good time for people to consider their carbon emissions

People's carbon emissions can "go into overdrive" at Christmas, according to the Oxford Times.

The newspaper noted that with people producing as much as 5.5 per cent of their annual carbon footprint between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, it may be well worth considering tips from Recycle Now.

According to the consumer group, some ways to cut down on Christmas waste include turning last year's festive cards into decorations, opting to reuse old wrapping paper and to make your own gifts.

People who are lucky enough to get a new mobile phone under the tree this year may also wish to recycle old or unwanted handsets in an effort to cut down on their carbon footprint.

Each phone that has been disposed of in an incorrect way could contaminate up to 40,000 gallons of drinking water, which could be saved by recycling old mobiles instead, according to the executive director of Rock the Earth.

Shawn Kilmurray of the environmental advocacy group commented to QSR magazine that recycling an old mobile phone could help to keep toxic chemicals from entering the ecosystem.

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