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.
To bin, or not to bin? Now there's no question!
As you plan to recycle all you can this holiday season, use this handy flier that lists what you can and can’t put in your curbside recycling bin. Available for download in the following sizes:
- Shop thrift stores, antique malls, or eBay for pre-owned décor you want, donate/sell what you don’t.
- Recycle your old or broken holiday lights at Midwest Recycling Center or Southeast Enterprises.
- 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.
- What’s their favorite cause? Make a donation to an organization in someone’s name.
Cards & Invitations
- Send electronic invitations and cards.
- Purchase invitations and cards made from recycled content paper, preferably 100 percent post-consumer.
- Create “new” cards from your old ones.
- Recycle old cards, however, do not recycle cards that have plastic components or ribbons, a large amount of glitter, or that make sound.
- Use recyclable wrapping such as old posters, maps, or paper grocery bags.
- Wrap gifts with attractive cloth, fabric ribbons or a reusable bag.
- Reuse last year’s boxes, tissue paper, bows and ribbons.
- Need an ugly holiday sweater? Shop used: thrift stores or online.
- Is the New Year’s party a costume party this year? Make your own costume from secondhand clothes or items you already have around the house.
- Skip the chemical-laden face paint (which can be disposed of safely through your local household hazardous waste program). Instead, use safe, planet-friendly makeup.
- Recycle paper gift wrap (no shiny or foil types) curbside or at your nearest recycling center.
- 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).
- Reycle 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.
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