Rockhampton residents are being encouraged to think sustainably this festive season and reduce their waste.
Plastic decorations, single use items, more cooking than usual and extra food on the table, means an increase in waste may end up in landfill.
Waste and Recycling Councillor Shane Latcham says there are plenty of ways residents can be more waste-wise this Christmas.
“We live in a great part of the world, and we want to make sure it stays that way now and for years to come,” he says.
“It’s easy for the rubbish to pile up over Christmas but with a few small steps, we can all reduce waste and save ourselves money.
“When it comes to food, try not to overcook, have plenty of fridge space to store leftovers and see what creative recipes you can come up with to use that food up.
“When it comes to wrapping your gifts, why not try something reusable like fabric or a hand towel or upcycle an old gift bag.
“If you’re going for wrapping paper, find one that you know can go into the recycling bin.”
Councillor Latcham says the festive season is also a great time to remind residents of the importance of recycling right.
“We can all do our part to reduce what goes to landfill and ensure that the right items are going into the yellow lid bin.
“Remember to clean any food scraps out of containers, remove lids from bottles and do not bag your recyclable items this Christmas.”
Environmental Sustainability Councillor Donna Kirkland says residents could go a step further on the big day.
“While we all love the big Christmas meal, try and avoid using single use items. You can reduce costs and waste by providing reusable plates, cups and cutlery, with jugs of water or punch.
“When it comes to decorations, make sure you save them to reuse next year.
“If you get the chance, why not see what decorations you can make with things around the house, like using old Christmas cards to make bunting?
“There are lots of things we can all do, and every bit can make a difference this festive season.”
During the end of year holiday closures, kerbside waste collection services will continue to operate as normal every day during the office closures.
All waste management facilities including the Lakes Creek Road Landfill, Reviva Ibis Re-Use Store and all Regional Waste Transfer Stations, will operate as normal, except on Christmas Day.