Disposing of waste this Christmas

Dec 24, 2020 | Sustainability

Reducing our carbon footprint isn’t an easy adjustment at the best of times. So, we understand that our sustainable living practices relax as we ease ourselves into a well-deserved holiday.


At the end of the celebrations, we are always left over with items of rubbish slowly piling up in the corner. Before we know it, its Boxing Day and the only thing fuller than our bellies is the wheelie bins out the back, and with so many different “binable” items, it’s tricky to know exactly what is and is not recyclable. 

Before our trash cans are filled to the brim, and we can’t be bothered to sort through it, let find out what we can actually put in the recycling bin. Here are some handy tips so we can all dispose our waste responsibly over the holiday period.



It turns out that only certain kinds of paper and plastic can be recycled. The issue is that household recycling plants are set up to deal with only specific kinds of items. These items are restricted to specific size and material.


What the systems cannot deal with are things that are a completely different shape to containers. These are items such as broken plastic toys, plastic Christmas trees and plastic knives and forks. They are entirely the wrong shape and the system can’t detect that they are there.


Wrapping paper can be recycled, even if it has sticky tape attached, because the machines can filter the tape out in the pulping process, but it has to be paper wrapping, the plastic cellophane or metallic wrapping has to go to landfill.


Glass containers such as jars and bottles can be recycled, but if you break a wine glass or smash a plate the broken pieces generally cannot be recycled and should go in the general bin.


Wine bottles and soft drink cans can certainly go in the recycling bin, but corks, now mostly found only in champagne bottles, cannot.


          List of items that can and can not be recycled:


      Can Not

·      Glass Bottles and  Jars

·      Gift Boxes

·      Tissue Paper

·      Shoe Boxes

·      Cards

·      Envelopes

·      Paper Gift Bags

·      Cardboard

·      Plain Wrapping paper

·      Aluminium Foil

·      Tin Cans

·      Paper

·      Broken Glass,

·      Odd Shaped Plastics

·      Bubble Wrap

·      Ribbons

·      Tape

·      Bows

·      Tree Decorations

·      Christmas Tree

·      Sticky Gift Labels

·      Laminated or Coated Gift Bags

·      Foam

·      Cellophane

·      Christmas Decorations 


These standards are different in each State of Australia and are subject to change over time and with new developments in technology.

So, after all of that once we break it down, it’s really not as hard to figure out as we initially thought.

We really hope this rundown helps you as much as it did us.