Reuse before you recycle this Christmas

Residents are being urged to consider reusing before recycling items this Christmas.

Kent County Council (KCC) will be using its social media channels in the period before and after Christmas to promote ways of reuse and recycling.

Residents are being urged to reuse their Christmas items before thinking of them as waste for recycling

District and borough councils are responsible for collecting your waste from your home and transporting it to KCC’s waste transfer sites where your waste is then sorted to be recycled where possible.

This year, KCC is asking residents to consider whether they can reuse items before they recycle.

It is in a bid to promote a circular economy, which means seeing items that would otherwise have been thrown out repurposed and given a new lease of life.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Susan Carey, said: “Recycling is one way we can all help the environment but reusing is even better so this Christmas it would be good to challenge ourselves to find more ways to keep items going and ensure they are not disposed of too quickly.

Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Susan Carey

“Of course, if people do have waste left over from Christmas that they are unable to reuse then we will always encourage them to recycle it.”

The messages encompass the drive by the BLUEPRINT project, funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme. This EU programme fosters economic development in the UK and north of France. It funds innovative projects with cross-border sustainability benefits. The programme’s eligible area covers the South and East coasts of England and the North Coast of France. The campaign is supported by the Kent Resource Partnership.

There are lots of things you can do to keep items in use. Whether it be keeping wrapping paper and ribbons to use again or stashing Christmas cards to repurpose them into new cards next year.

Boxes and packaging can be used as craft materials. Regifting presents that you don’t need or sending old items, that are still in good condition, to charity shops reduces waste and helps others too.

You can even get creative and turn old Christmas jumpers or pyjamas into present bags for next year!

Food waste over Christmas increases, so why not set the family a leftover challenge and see how many delicious dishes you can make from your Christmas dinner!

Search for Keep Kent Clean and Kent Green Action on Facebook and Twitter to spot more hints and tips.


Contact Ellis Stephenson – – in the KCC press office for more information

Notes to editors:

  • BLUEPRINT has a total budget of 5.6m euros, of which 3.8m euros were provided by the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England programme.
Reuse before you recycle this Christmas was last modified: December 23rd, 2021 by Ellis Stephenson