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Quick tips to reduce your holiday waste

Taking care of the earth after the holidays.
Taking care of the earth after the holidays.
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The bustle of the holidays is over.  So now what?  With households generating 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year's, that's an additional 6 million tons of trash.  Here a few tip to reduce your waste and impact.

  • Recycle all corrugated boxes and chipboard. If a box is brown on the inside, the City of Greensboro will accept it.  Just remove any plastic or wires.
  • Keep and reuse any gift bags and boxes for next year. If possible, do the same for any wrapping paper.
  • Recycle Christmas cards (except for photos) or tear off the front of the cards and send to St. Judes Children's Hospital.  They will in turn create and sell new cards with proceeds going back to the hospital. You can also use the front of the card as gift tags or other decorations.
  • Keep photo cards to enjoy for future holidays.  Punch a hole in the corner and put on a key ring or any larger metal ring for easy storage and review.
  • Donate your Christmas tree to the Natural Science Center.  They will place in the exhibits and hide treats in the branches for the animals.
  • Plan ahead for next year.  Consider purchasing gift bags made of cloth and wrapping paper from recycled materials and earth-friendly ink. Forgo the bag of bows and trim packages with fabric ribbon for reuse later on.

What other ideas do you have to share.  Leave a comment below!