Don’t Waste The Holidays

The volume of household waste in the United States increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — about 1 million extra tons! So, when you’re making your holiday to-do list, be sure to add reduce, reuse and recycle:


  • Shop thrift stores, antique malls, or eBay for pre-owned d├ęcor you want, donate/sell what you don’t.
  • Recycle your old or broken holiday lights.
  • Make handmade decorations that are re-useable, recyclable or compostable.
  • Take good care of your decorations and they will last many years.


  • Shop thrift stores or online to find a unique used gift.
  • Recycle and reuse the packaging from your online purchases (boxes, bubble wrap, air pillows, peanuts, etc.)
  • Give an experience. Try gift cards for food and entertainment, tickets to a show, or memberships to a museum or zoo.
  • Make a donation in someone’s name.

Cards & Invitations

  • Send electronic invitations and cards.
  • Purchase invitations and cards made from recycled content.
  • Make handmade, recyclable invitations and cards.
  • Donate used cards.

Gift Wrap

  • Use recyclable wrapping such as old posters, maps, paper grocery bags or the funny papers.
  • Wrap reusable with attractive cloth, fabric ribbons or a reusable bag.
  • Reuse last year’s boxes, tissue paper, bows and ribbons.


  • Use durable tableware: dishes, cups, utensils, napkins, tablecloths, etc.
  • Recycle cans and bottles.
  • Compost food waste and food-related paper waste (paper napkins, plates, and wrappers, pizza boxes, etc.)


Clean Up

  • Compost pumpkins, gourds and poinsettias. You can also keep poinsettias as houseplants (they won't bloom again, but have attractive foliage).
  • “Treecycle” your holiday tree, wreaths and garland (natural only).
  • Recycle packaging and cards.
  • Save boxes, tissue paper, bows and ribbons for next year.
  • Donate gently used items to charities or thrift stores.
  • Reuse or recycle your popcorn, cookie and candy tins. They can go in your recycling bin.

For more information, email RecycleSpot or call 816-474-8326.