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While it is technically possible to recycle this type of wrap, the combination of materials — a thin layer of plastic bonded to a thin layer of metal — means it’s just not worth the cost.
First, check your local council’s guidelines on its website.
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Over the holiday season, families across the UK get through hundreds of thousands of tons of wrapping paper, tin foil, cardboard and plastic, at least six million trees and one billion greetings cards — plus truckloads of discarded turkey, mince pies and nuts.
Aluminium foil is notoriously expensive and energy-intensive to produce, because extracting it from its raw materials is very difficult and involves heating to high temperatures.
Yet the metal can be recycled again and again cheaply, so it’s really important not to bin any foil waste — over the Christmas period, the UK gets through 4,500 tons of the stuff.
Sadly, recycling wrapping paper isn’t straightforward. Some councils refuse to take any, some collect it, while others insist you take it to a recycling centre.
And all councils reject shiny wrap coated with ‘metallised plastic film’.
Guidelines from local councils can often seem confusing and any extra effort can feel like too much at this time of year.These left my hair feeling extremely clean, yet not stripped.Next is the Replenish Masque, the website says that it is “a repairing and hydrating masque ideal for damaged and moisture-starved hair that penetrates and nurtures the scalp while helping boost natural hair growth, improve follicle strength, and reduce hair thinning.” I haven’t used this mask long enough to testify about hair growth, but I can say that it leaves my hair very soft.But doing your bit for the environment doesn’t have to be a headache. If every sheet of wrapping paper used this Christmas were laid end to end, they would stretch 227,000 miles — enough to circle the world nine times or reach from Earth almost to the moon.DAVID DERBYSHIRE reveals the worst recycling culprits — and gets the experts’ tips on how to handle the big tidy up with ease . And while thrifty past generations re-used the same wrapping paper year after year, today, millions of tons of the stuff end up in landfill or incinerators.