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The National Retail Federation says that we’ll spend more than $500 billion on gifts this Christmas, and along with all of those gifts comes a bunch of extra trash.

Between now and New Year’s Day, the EPA estimates that we’ll put out an extra million tons of garbage each week, across the country. That trash is thanks to wrapping paper, packaging peanuts, pine needles and more.

Are you looking for an easy way to help keep our community clean? The answer is as simple as recycling and it’s not as difficult to do as you might think.


Recycle Packaging Peanuts



There’s a UPS store on the Vestal Parkway. If you have a bunch of packing peanuts, it might not be a bad idea to call and ask if they’d be interested re-using them.






This is totally something that we used to do in my family, and you probably did, too. If the wrapping paper was removed carefully, we’d reuse it. We also reused bows and tissue paper if it wasn’t too crinkled.



Recycle Christmas Cards



One of my most favorite Christmastime projects is to pull out the Christmas cards I saved from the year before and cut them up to make them into pretty gift tags.



Recycle Your Christmas Tree



You can either put your tree through a chipper and use the mulch around your yard, or you can donate it at one of the local town’s tree drop locations and they’ll chip it and use it for mulch.


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