Christmas parades in the North have moved against sparkly tinsel, plastic-wrapped lollies and other seasonal waste due to growing concerns about the environment.

Parade organisers are encouraging people to find alternatives to use recycled and repurposed items in a bid to reduce waste that often ends up in landfill.

They include the organisers of the Paihia Christmas Parade who want float-makers to avoid balloons, tinsel, glitter and plastic of any kind.

The lolly scramble is also under scrutiny. Sweets wrapped in plastic may be replaced with alternatives like wax paper.

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