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Do #1: Quality reusable decorations

Do #1: Buy reusable decorations or make your own from recycled materials.

Buy good quality decorations that can be reused or make your own from recycled materials.

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Do #2: Recycling options at Christmas Party

Do #2: Recycling options at your Christmas party.

Check that your work Christmas party organiser sets up well-signed recycling options for the event.

Do #3: Low impact gifts

Do #3: Give low impact gifts such as experiences, or practical, durable items.

Give low impact gifts such as experiences, or practical, durable items that meet a need.

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Do #4: Use paper wrapping and recycle it.

Do #4: Use paper wrapping (rather than foil or plastic) and reuse or recycle it afterwards.

Use paper wrapping (rather than foil or plastic) and reuse or recycle it afterwards.For extra Points, choose recycled content paper.

Do #5: Have an Appy Christmas

Do #5: Have an Appy Christmas

Download the new free RecycleSmart App for all your household recycling needs.

Do #6: Prevent Food Waste

Do #6: Prevent Food Waste.

Prevent Food Waste - Plan ahead and serve smaller portions. Compost or worm farm your food scraps.

Do #7: Sort and recycle your cans, cartons and packaging

Do #7: Sort and recycle your cans, cartons, bottles and packaging.

Sort and recycle all your aluminium cans, juice cartons, bottles and other packaging.

Flatten cans, drink cartons and boxes to save space

Do #8: Flatten cans, drink cartons and boxes to save space

Do #8: Flatten aluminium cans, drink cartons and boxes to save space in your recycling bin, then store any excess until your next collection or drop it in at a recycling facility.

Do #9: Recycle your replaced electronics

Do #9: Recycle your replaced electronics.

Recycle old mobiles phones, TVs, computers or printer cartridges the get replaced.

Do #10: Give a recharger pack with any battery operated gifts

Do #10: Give a recharger pack with any battery operated gifts.

Give a recharger pack with any battery operated gifts

Do #11: Get your car serviced

Do #11: Get your car serviced

Ensure your car runs efficiently by inflating the tyres, and tuning the engine, and recycle your car oil, tyres and batteries.

Do #12: Recycle your live Christmas tree

Do #12: Recycle your live Christmas tree

See if your council has a special mulching service for live Christmas trees or take it to the garden section of your local recycling facility.

At Christmas Australians buy more, travel more and eat more than at any other time of the year. To help reduce the environmental and financial impact of these festive activities, Planet Ark offers 12 simple, positive actions - the 12 DOs of Christmas.

Plus this year Planet Ark has a gift to use all year-round - the free and easy-to-use RecycleSmart App! It's Australia's most comprehensive recycling app that answers all those tricky recycling questions.

Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit for 2015.

Merry Christmas!

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