The National Retail Federation estimates that we’ll fork out $586.1 billion for gifts this Christmas. And with all those gifts come a lot of waste. Between now and New Year’s Day, the EPA estimates that an extra million tons of waste will be generated nationwide each week – from piles of crumbled wrapping paper to holiday cards to pine needles and boxes of packaging peanuts. An easy way to do your part in keeping your community clean is by recycling. But how? Glad you asked. Here are some tips to make holiday recycling a little easier:
Recycle packaging peanuts: Many UPS Store locations accept clean foam packaging peanuts of all sizes, shapes and colors for reuse.
Reuse: Reuse wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, tissue paper, etc. Also, save gift boxes and bags and reuse them throughout the year. Recycle those you can’t reuse.
Recycle greeting cards: Save cards and cut them up to use as gift tags next year. They’re also great for kid’s art projects.
Recycle your tree: According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in North America each year. After the holidays, put your tree to good use – chip it up to use as mulch around shrubs and flowerbeds, or, if you have a live tree, plant it in the yard or donate it to a local school or nursing home to plant on their grounds.
Use these tips to simplify your post-holiday cleanup so you can begin the New Year with a clean house – and a green conscience!