Don't Give to Landfill this Christmas

Posted by recycleyourpackaging on December 6, 2017


Rest, Relax, but remember to Recycle this Christmas 

Lets try and Keep New Zealand beaches and environment as rubbish free as much as we possibly can

Start with 12 Days of Christmas Recycling - The Anti-Litter Advent Calendar! >>

Over summer many New Zealanders are at the beach, playing or watching sports, enjoying festivals or just relaxing with families and friends.  It’s a time for rest and relaxation, and Christmas shopping, along with end of year parties, means we generate around 30% more waste nationally during the festive season. In seaside and tourist areas there is a massive 400% increase in waste and most of it can be recycled if people put it into the recycling bin rather than the rubbish bin.

The Packaging Forum have installed new vibrant smart technology bins where you can recycle or dispose of your rubbish and the bins will know when they are full and need to be emptied, feature signage in multiple languages and are an option for recycling at the beach and all around the city. 

When you are out and about, look for one of over 2200 Love NZ recycling bins to recycle your cans, bottles and paper. If it can’t be recycled “Be a Tidy Kiwi” and put it in the rubbish bin for a litter free New Zealand. Have a Greener Christmas with our recycling tips...

12 Days to a Greener Christmas

Day 1

Check your Collection Times They may be different over the holidays.

Day 2


Don’t forget to recycle your bottles We consume 3 times more bottles and cans over the holidays and in seaside areas it’s an additional 400%.

Day 3

Love Food Hate Waste  Make a shopping list and stick to it... New Zealanders throw away 122,547 tonnes of food a year equivalent to 213 jumbo jets of food which doesn’t get eaten

Day 4


Recycle your glass.  There are now glass bottle banks at camp sites, shopping malls and public places so put your brown, green and clear glass bottles in the right hole so it can easily be made into new glass bottles.  

Day 5


Look for the Love NZ recycling bins in your area There are now over 2500 Love NZ recycling bins. They are on high streets, shopping malls, airports and ferry terminals, BP’s Wild Bean Cafés, Rainbow’s End and the Skyline Luges.

Day 6

Reuse or recycle your Christmas cards. Around 60 million Christmas cards are sent. Choose charity cards, cards with recycled content or e-cards this year. Your paper collector will recycle your old Christmas cards.

Day 7


Reuse. Use a reusable shopping bag when you go out shopping and use a Keep Cup. Every year New Zealanders consume 295 million coffee cups.

Day 8


Do the Plastic Scrunch Test!  Drop off your plastic bags and wrappers at your local supermarket. 100 million bags have been recycled this year so: Collect….Drop…Recycle

Day 9


Empty? Now I’m ready to be recycled …Remember you can recycle your pizza boxes in most parts of the country as long as you empty them first. 26 million boxes a year are needlessly landfilled.

Day 10


Lets Put Litter in its Place– 60% of litter is packaging and most of it can be recycled and if it can’t put it in the rubbish bin.

Day 11

Clean up at Events Don’t drop your cans, bottles and cartons on the ground, pick them up and use the bins. If the event is using compostable cups, plates and packaging, put it in the green organic waste bin.

Day 12


Recycle more packaging more often. New Zealanders consume over 700,000 tonnes of packaging every year but we recycle just over half of it.