Keep up the MIGHTY recycling effort this Christmas to help get Wales to number one!

As Wales' recycling rate reaches an all-time high, we're calling on our students and staff to keep up their 'mighty' efforts when it comes to recycling this Christmas.

With 92% of us recycling regularly, Wales is a nation of Mighty Recyclers. We’re the world’s third best recycling nation, and we’re backing Wales Recycles’ Mighty Mission to get to number one.

We'll be celebrating the Christmas burst of the campaign by running ’12 Days of Christmas’ recycling messages, facts and tips across our SWell social media accounts. You'll hear the radio advert on Student Union's Xtreme radio and across Student and Staff comms. Keep reading to find out what you can do to support the campaign to get us to the top spot.

Christmas is traditionally the time of year we create the most waste at home. From all the extra food we consume to the mountain of packaging from Christmas gift purchases, it’s a prime opportunity to make sure we are recycling everything we possibly can.

That’s why we’re supporting Wales Recycles’ Be Mighty, Recycle campaign, funded by Welsh Government, to encourage everyone in Wales to be Mighty Recyclers this Christmas.

Follow these top tips to be a Mighty Recycler this Christmas:

  • Eat, recycle and be merry. Every Council in Wales (and Swansea University Student residences) provides a food waste recycling service. Please use it. You can recycle turkey bones, veg peelings and any leftovers from your Christmas dinner (that can’t be safely eaten later)! And keep recycling other waste over the Christmas period too, such as tea bags and coffee grounds, eggshells, peelings and cores from fruit, and stale bread.
  • Ditch the traditional Christmas gift wrapping and use recyclable, brown paper to wrap your Christmas gifts instead. Join the Sustainability team for some top tips and ideas on how to make your Christmas gift wrapping sparkling and most of all sustainable. Our students and staff can learn more and join the craft session on Eventbrite.
  • Conquer your card this Christmas. You can recycle all cardboard from online deliveries. Please remove all sticky tape first and flatten any boxes. And once Christmas is over, please recycle all your cards, just remove any bows and ribbons first, and any parts with glitter.
  • Most plastic from around the home and office can be recycled; drinks bottles, food containers, cleaning products and toiletry bottles, such as shampoo and shower gel. Don't forget to empty, crush and replace the lids before recycling. And remove any pump dispensers or trigger sprays first as these can’t be recycled. You can also recycle the big plastic tubs of chocolate and sweets we have around the house and office at Christmas!
  • Don’t overlook foil this Christmas. Please recycle foil cases from mince pies and any clean or unstained foil used in your Christmas cooking. Please empty and rinse foil trays and containers recycling.
  • Metal drinks cans and food tins as well as empty aerosols, such as deodorant, shaving gel and hairspray, can all be recycled.
  • If you’re ever unsure what you can and can’t recycle, visit Wales Recycles’ Recycling Locator or visit our waste web pages for more information about recycling on campus.

To learn more about Wales Recycles’ Mighty Mission visit www.bemightyrecycle.org.uk, look out for the ads on TV, listen to the radio ad, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BeMightyRecycle