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Tips for Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling During the Holiday Season
Did you know? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average American household throws away nearly 125 pounds of trash per week. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Americans discard 25% more trash than normal, or
approximately 940 pounds of waste
. Roughly 80% of what is discarded during the holidays could be recycled or reused.
Top 7 Sustainability Tips
Recycle wrapping paper, even the sparkly stuff!
Don't trash the ribbons and bows, reuse them!
Recycle paper bags, Reuse or trash l
Put down the pen and paper - email your holiday card.
Instead of popping the bubble wrap, save and reuse it!
Remember to separate paper and plastic before you recycle.
As an alternative to packing material, using shredded paper works just as well.
Save the Environment While Entertaining Your Guests
Send email invitations, or for more formal occasions, use post-consumer recycled paper
Minimize food waste by carefully planning your menu
Use durable, reusable plates, and serving ware when possible
Make your own refreshments to cut down on excess packaging
*According to the EPA, more food ends up in landfills than any other single item. Only 5% of the nation’s food waste is diverted from landfills for composting.
Spread Holiday Cheer Through Thoughtful Gifting
Consider gifts that are environmentally friendly and sustainable with minimal packaging
Save used gift wrap, gift bags, ribbons, and bows for reuse
Repurpose packaging such as foam peanuts and bubble wrap - start your own packing storage box to store these materials for future use
Decorations Can Be Useful After The Holiday Season Too!
Be resourceful - consider repurposing recycled items like glass bottles and aluminum cans, or discarded household items, like light bulbs, into unique holiday crafts, gifts, and decorations
(Quick tip: Look to Pinterest for creative do-it-yourself craft ideas)
Consider planting your holiday tree in your yard, or recycle it using the services provided in your community
If you have a cut tree, consider using it as mulch
Boxes (gift, shoe, and shipping)
Wrapping paper (plain or sparkly)
Holiday cards and envelopes (without embellishments)
Gift bags (paper)
Better to Reuse or Dispose
Ribbons and bows
Gift bags (laminated, coated, or dyed)
Packing peanuts (polystyrene foam)
Important Things To Remember
Toy packaging made of heavy cardboard is not recyclable unless the cardboard is separated from the plastic
Sticky gift tags are
recyclable by themselves, but they are acceptable if affixed to an envelope or wrapping paper
We encourage families to make recycling a part of their holiday tradition. It's a simple way to make a positive difference in the local environment by diverting items that can be recycled. It can also end up saving your family money by identifying items that can be reused in creative ways.
Check with your local provider to confirm which items can be
recycled in your community, especially for holiday collection
times or special instructions on Christmas tree recycling. For more information, visit the Republic Services website at www.RepublicServices.com, or call Brenda McGuire at (714) 238-3319.
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