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Pete is the resident environmental sustainability expert on the ActewAGL Bright Sparks squad. Pete lives in Belconnen and when he's not teaching his friends about sustainability he likes to spend his weekends working in his vegetable garden and building bird houses out of scrap pieces of wood.
Recycling this festive season
It’s nearly Christmas, a time to relax, eat yummy food, spend time with family and head down the coast on Boxing Day. There’s one other thing that comes to mind when I think about Christmas and that’s presents. I love giving presents to my family and friends and I love being surprised on Christmas morning – this year I’m hoping to get some new gardening tools.
There’s one important thing about presents at Christmas time that some people forget and that’s what the presents are wrapped in. The average Canberra household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. A lot of that paper is packaging and junk mail. At Christmas time that includes Christmas cards and the wrapping paper we get our presents in. For an easy way to look after the environment and save trees from being cut down to make more paper, make sure you collect all of your cards and wrapping paper and put them in the recycling bin.
While you’re doing a great job of recycling all your cards and wrapping paper, remember to have a look around your house to see what else you can recycle. Items like newspapers and aluminium cans are found in most people’s homes and can be recycled over and over again. Did you know that recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours?
Christmas time in Canberra is in the middle of summer and it’s usually pretty hot. So it’s really important to reduce the amount of energy you’re using. This can be as simple as remembering to turn off your computer or game console when you’ve finished using it or using ceiling fans instead of air-conditioners to keep your house cool. Ceiling fans work by moving cool air through your house – plus they’re cheaper to run and better for the environment.
For more information about recycling and for some easy energy-saving tips over summer click here.