In what is becoming as much a part of the Christmas rituals as mince pies or swapping cards Government and local authorities have launched the official plea to dispose of all that additional festive waste responsibly.
The firm behind a plan for an incinerator capable of turning 300,000 tonnes of waste a year into power have vowed to appeal after it was thrown out by councillors.
It was a somewhat turbulent year for those working in the water industry with regulator Ofwat going against companies it felt was trying to charge too much for bills.
The waste sector had a good year in 2009 as recycling rates rose and on-going local and national government investment ensured new facilities and technologies continued to appear.
The tricky thing about Sustainable Business in 2009 was the old problem of convincing young people into the sector and making sure they had opportunities to progress.
Green buildings had one of the best years in recent times with a host of iconic buildings making the switch to more environmentally friendly technologies.
Without doubt the biggest story of the year in the energy and carbon sector was the 15th meeting of the Conference Of the Parties.
Oil spills continued to be the biggest threat to contaminated land in 2009, but the previously robust sector also started to feel the pinch of the credit cruch.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is looking for public input on its plans to set targets for the clean up dioxin-contaminated soils.
The UK is being too slow in transforming to a low carbon economy and a major energy efficiency drive would be the quickest and most effective way to get back on track.
The RSPB's chief executive has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year's honours list.
Hundreds of workers in northern China are battling against the clock to stop a diesel fuel leak from pouring into the Yellow River.
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