Go green for Valentines 

14/02/11

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is urging Bolton residents to go green for Valentines Day.

Instead of roses, teddy bears and mass produced cards, why not consider different ways to mark this Valentines Day with your partner, which can be more environmentally friendly and leave much longer memories.

Every Valentines Day, over one billion roses are sold in the UK. While these can be composted or placed into garden waste containers, many unfortunately end up in the residual waste bin. In Greater Manchester, there are now facilities which create a compost material for use in horticulture and agriculture if they are put into the correct recycling container. Similarly, all gift cards and chocolate boxes can be recycled within card and paper recycling containers.

GMWDA has put together its top five hints for ensuring an environmentally friendly Valentines Day.

1. Try thinking of something original to do on Valentines Day. A picnic in the park (or on the living room floor if the February weather is a bit nippy) with your other half’s favourite nibbles.
2. If you buy flowers look for those that are locally grown. Often flowers can be flown thousands of miles before they are given as a gift, and will not last very long.
3. Get creative with your gifts. If your other half has been meaning to have photographs printed for a while, do it for them and put them into a nice photo album or frame.
4. Buy cards made from recycled paper and make sure that they are recycled afterwards.
5. For something a bit different, name a star after your loved one or dedicate a tree to them and help the Woodland Trust restore the UK’s native woodland heritage.

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