12 Days of Recycling

- Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of year. That’s about 5 million extra tons of waste going into landfills during the holiday season.

Making the season greener can be as simple as making one change a day — let’s say for 12 days.

Day 1: Overloaded with holiday gift catalogs? Get rid of that paper by taking your name off the mailing list of catalogs and other mail you no longer want.

Day 2: Donate gently used toys your children no longer used to local charitable organizations.

Day 3: Opt to send holiday e-cards instead of paper holiday cards. It will save on waste and on postage.

Day 4: Swap your old holiday lights for LED lights. Some stores will give you a rebate or discount on LED lights if you bring in old strands for recycling.

Day 5: Having a holiday bash? Give leftovers to guests in reusable containers as they leave so nothing goes to waste.

Day 6: Set out a clearly marked recycling bin for holiday party guests to recycle empty bottles and cans.

Day 7: Decorate for the holidays using materials you already have around the house. Decorations like ornaments, garland and wreaths can be made with many different materials.

Day 8: While shopping for holiday gifts, consider purchasing items that use less packaging.

Day 9: Reusable bags are not just for trips to the grocery store. Use them on your next holiday shopping trip.

Day 10: Use butcher paper that your kids have decorated or the Sunday comics as wrapping paper this year. Tissue paper and most gift wrap can’t be recycled.

Day 11: If you or someone you know is getting a new electronic gadget this year — think TVs and computers — be sure to recycle the old or unwanted one.

Day 12: Take stock in all of the green changes you made and enjoy the fact you have reduced your footprint this holiday season.

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Reduce. Rejoice. Recycle.

Originally written by Mark Walter for Press-Gazette Media