Monmouthshire County Council is encouraging all residents to think about the impact the festive period will have on the environment with a light-hearted film with a big message. ‘I’m dreaming of a green Christmas’ is a reworking of Bing Crosby’s Christmas classic. Green Christmas has been produced in partnership with pupils from Ysgol Y Ffin, the council’s waste and recycling team, and Gwent Music.
The council is encouraging more residents to stop and think about what they buy, shop local and recycle more this Christmas. It is estimated that 30% more waste than usual will be created during the festive period. Around the world, two million turkeys, 100 sq km of wrapping paper and more than 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be binned on Christmas Day.
Black bags in Monmouthshire still contain around 25% food waste. All food waste can be recycled in the kerbside collection creating fertiliser and electricity. Food waste collected in Monmouthshire goes to an ‘Anaerobic Digestion’ processing facility which captures the methane and turns it into energy.
The council is encouraging people to make food waste history, with the message that you could save up to £700 a year on your food bill. In the UK we throw away more than 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year.
Become a champion recycler, find out what goes in each bag – take a look at the simple leaflet and find out when your collection day is via the website: https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/food-waste-collection/
There are many things residents can do to make a huge difference this Christmas
· All food can be recycled – use your food waste caddy. Residents who need new food caddies are welcome to pop in to their nearest Community Hubs.
· Wrap presents in paper that can be recycled. No glitter or shiny paper can be placed in red recycling bags. Check by scrunching the paper; if it stays in a ball shape it should be recyclable.
· Wrap presents in jute bags so they can be reused.
· Reduce the amount of plastic bought. Wooden toys are widely available across the county from independent shops. Shop local and support local businesses.
· Give a gift that will make everlasting memories. Book tickets to a show at Abergavenny Borough Theatre: https://boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk/
Cllr Peter Fox, Leader of Monmouthshire County Council said:
“Protecting the environment is something I feel very strongly about. It is also an issue that is very much at the forefront of every resident’s minds both young and old across the county. This year has marked the beginning of a pledge by Monmouthshire County Council to stand strong with citizens across the globe to try and reduce the impact we are having on the world.
It started with a pledge to declare a climate emergency in May 2019 and I was delighted to see that on October 24th my fellow councillors approved a climate strategy containing ten objectives to support our declaration of a climate emergency. With this in mind, we need to take a step back from our lives and look at how little changes can make a big difference. ‘I’m dreaming of a green Christmas’ is a great example of how we are trying to do things differently. By taking responsibility for our planet we can all make a difference.”
Cllr Jane Pratt, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling said:
“This is a fantastic way to help residents think about the environment during the festive period. I would like to thank all pupils and officers involved in making the film from Ysgol Y Ffin. Thank you to Dewstow Primary for the use of the recording room and to Gwent Music who kindly recorded the piano track. I would also like to extend my thanks to Sue Parkinson, Waste Education officer, who made the green hats, the waste collection crews and staff at the Shire hall in Monmouth where the video was filmed.” For more information: https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/