Gallery: The Cost Of Christmas: Millions of Tons of Non-Recyclable Pack...

 

Christmas has come and gone, and amid the unwanted socks and numerous toiletry gift sets are piles of wrapping paper. While many of us will put our wrapping paper out to be recycled, the fact is that lots of people won’t – it is estimated that an astounding 500 tons of Christmas tree lights will be thrown away, along with 25 million bin liners full of plastic wrapping, drink bottles, and broken toys. What is worse is that this is in the UK alone – and while the numbers are bound to be higher in the US, one thing that won’t be is the small amount of refuse that is actually recyclable.

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