TWEED residents are being urged to make the post-Christmas period clean and green this year.
Between Christmas and New Year, Australians produce more recycling and waste than at any other time of the year.
But both Planet Ark and the National Packaging Covenant have urged people not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
“Just because consumption levels rise during this period doesn’t mean waste levels should,” said Planet Ark spokeswoman Rebecca Gilling.
“The festive season is an opportunity to reuse and recycle even more.”
National Packaging Covenant CEO Ed Cordner mimicked this position and urged people to recycle their Christmas packaging and wrapping.
According to Mr Cordner, there are a lot of simple things people can do to reduce the waste.
“As Christmas is a time for giving and receiving gifts, many will come both packaged and wrapped, and a large amount of this packaging can be recycled,” he said.
“Clothing, books, Ipods, toys, shoes and chocolates come packaged and wrapped in paper, cardboard and plastic film, and much of this can be recycled. Even if it is not the entire package, many of the materials such as cardboard and wrapping paper can go in the recycling bin.”
Donna Egan from Williams shoe store in Tweed City said she recognised the importance of recycling at this time of year.
“We get a lot more stock at Christmas time, so naturally there is a lot more waste.
“But we recycle everything. All our boxes, bags, paper; everything gets disposed of correctly. We have separate bins in the store so it makes it easy.”
Natasha Males from Tweed Heads said her family always makes an extra effort to recycle wrapping paper and food boxes after the big Christmas feast.
Along with cans, cards and gift-wrap, glass bottles, jars, paper and plastic containers, council accepts items such as aluminium foil and trays, tins, and milk, juice and custard cartons for recycling.
To find out what goes in which bin, go to www.recyclingnearyou.com.au or phone National Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712.