The holidays (especially the gift giving ones) can generate a lot of waste and recycling. From food scraps (which are compostable) to tinsel (which is reusable), we find ourselves faced with a flurry of choices about how to keep this time of year merry and green.
Here are some tips on how to make your holiday recycling stress free:
Old but still functional decorations can be donated, rather than disposed of.
Old string lights can be disposed of in the trash, or recycled at some hardware stores, but should never be placed in the recycling bin.
Food scraps can be saved and composted at drop-off locations.
Live Christmas trees can be stripped of ornaments and placed out for collection, or brought to special collection sites, so the city can turn them into mulch.
When opening gifts, have a garbage bag and a recycling bag handy – that way, you can unwrap your gifts and clean up the mess as you go!
Use this handy guide to identify the best ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle!