Whether it’s the holidays or a big event that generates mounds upon mounds of waste, there are a variety tips you should consider to better manage the waste. Do yourself, your neighbors and your environment a favor and research ways to reduce the waste. Here are a handful of tips for your consideration.
Give an experience instead of stuff
There are ways to reduce waste you generate at home and through your good will to others. For instance, instead of sending a Holiday, birthday or anniversary card through the mail, consider an e-card instead. Furthermore, when it comes to waste, give the gift of an experience instead of a bulky item that has excessive packaging. If your friend or family member is a skier, offer a gift certificate to their favorite slope. Just about everyone loves to go out for dinner, so offer a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant. Get creative and think of ways you can impact someone’s life through an experience rather than a material good.
Utilize reusable materials
Some people are just hard wired to build up a wall of presents under the Christmas tree. If that’s the case with you, consider using reusable materials in your efforts.
- Glass jars and cookie tins hold a variety of items and can be used instead of a traditional box or gift bag. And the container can be reused long after your gift is gone.
- Take an old box and decorate it instead of buying a new one.
- Use old fabric as your wrapping material
- Look around – there is a good chance all the wrapping materials you need are already in your home.
Trash hauling companies often have to make special arrangements on holidays. Remember that if your community has a recycling program, there is a change that the busy holiday season could impact the way recycling is collected. Instead of taking your recyclables and trash to curb as usual, contact your waste company and make sure service days haven’t been altered. Furthermore, if you’ve scheduled the removal of your Christmas tree, make sure it is free of ornaments and tinsel. Your neighbors will appreciate a clean curbside, free of glitter and the remnants of your festivities.
Tissue paper, foil style wrapping paper, ribbon and photo greeting cards are items that must unfortunately be tossed in the trash, but only if you can’t use them again next year.
Recycling old electronics
Unfortunately, that computer you got a couple of Christmas’s ago is probably already outdated. However, it can still be of value to someone, so don’t just chuck it to the curb. A local school or charity could probably use it. Or, try putting it on Craigslist or eBay – you might get a nice bit of change for it. Also, remember that Dell Computers has a deal with many Goodwill stores across the nation – they’ll take your old laptop and repurpose it for someone in need.
What Can’t Be Recycled?
Tissue paper, foil style wrapping paper, ribbon and photo greeting cards are items that must unfortunately be tossed in the trash, but only if you can’t use them again next year (minus the greeting cards – that would just be weird). Also, remember you can never recycle aerosol cans, batteries, brightly dyed paper, ceramics and pottery, diapers and hazardous waste. Check with your local recycling provider or waste management company for more information on items that need special attention.
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