Holiday Recycling Tips and Ideas

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Holiday season is the most exciting event for all of us. Getting together, exchanging gifts and sharing time together makes it the most fun time of the year. However, during this time especially Christmas and New Years, paper usage is at its highest. Save trees and money, follow these environment friendly suggestions to help reduce waste.

  • Use reusable gift bags instead of boxes. This will eliminate wrapping and save paper.

  • When buying battery-powered products, choose those that operate on solar power.

  • Generally gift wrap is non-toxic, but some foil and colored gift-wrap and ribbons may contain lead.

  • While opening a gift, don't rip the paper so that you can use them next time. Tell your friends and family to do the same.

  • Use Magazines, newspapers, old maps etc. to wrap your gift. Add the a ribbon bow on wrapped gift to make it more personalized.

  • Recycle Christmas Cards For Next Year. Cut the portion of your old greeting cards that are unwritten or blank. Use them to create holiday postcards instead of buying new ones.

  • Avoid Glossy Foil Wraps. Foil wrapping paper may be attractive, but it cannot be recycled.

  • Christmas trees may be recycled in a variety of environmentally friendly ways. Trees can be chipped and placed in backyard composting systems.

  • Look for gifts with an environmental message: a nature book, a refillable thermos bottle, a canvas tote bag, a battery recharger or items made from recycled materials.

  • If you go out shopping, bring your own tote bags and avoid coming home with an armload of plastic bags holding just one item.

  • You are probably receiving piles of mail order catalogs at this time of year. Call the company's 800 number and ask that you be removed from their mailing list.

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