When holiday seasons are in full swing, they are accompanied by a whirlwind of activity –
from gift-buying and wrapping to party clean-up – all of which creates extra items for your waste and recycling containers.
By keeping the tips below in mind, you can make a positive impact on the environment.
Consider giving no-waste gifts, such as downloadable music, electronically activated memberships or tickets Buy products made from recycled or organic content, like bags and clothing Consider no-waste wrapping options, like reusable bags, such as backpacks or purses. Foil, metallic or glitter accent wrapping paper isn’t recyclable.
Store your holiday decorations for reuse each year If you upgrade your holiday décor, be sure to donate your old décor so other families can enjoy the spirit of the season Make your own decorations from recycled materials.
Send holiday greetings via e-mail or social media – a great way to share photos and memories When entertaining, use washable utensils, plates, glasses, cloth napkins, and reusable table covers Have containers where guests can put recyclable, empty cans and bottles.
Make sure your plastic shopping bags go back to local retail stores. Plastic bags don’t belong in curbside recycling bins For shipments direct to your house, be sure to break down your cardboard boxes before placing them in your recycling bin Avoid putting bubble wrap and lights in your recycling bin, both of which can get tangled in recycling sorting equipment and create a safety hazard. For live Christmas trees, garland or wreaths, your local community might have recycling programs for yard waste or compost collection or drop-off programs.