During and after the holidays, trash and waste disposal increases 25% in the United States, creating billions of pounds of waste in the landfills.
Are you looking for some tips to not be a part of the waste stream this season? A more environmentally responsible Post-Christmas lifestyle can save you money.
Back to Nature. Trees can, and should be, mulched. Check with your local city or county to find out whether they do curbside pickup or where to find your closest drop- off location.
Consider the Lifecycle of Electronic Gifts. The Recycled Video Games Network is a great resource for buying recycled games and systems for less, and reducing the amount of new materials used in the process. http://www.rvgnet.net/ . Also see sites such as the below for Tech Recycling suggestions:
Recycle and Reuse Packaging From Gifts. To reduce environmental impacts, recycle all cardboard packaging and peanuts or other packing material that comes with gifts or purchases, as these items will not decompose in a landfill. Most can be used over and over again for packaging and shipping.
Reuse your Christmas Cards. http://www.marthastewart.com/276934/recycled-christmas-card-crafts
Recycling your Holiday Decorations. Consider if someone else may appreciate them. Donate them to a thrift store like the Salvation Army or other organizations if they are in acceptable condition. Your old Christmas lights can be recycled at www.HolidayLEDs.com.
Wrapping Accessories: Re-use ribbons, bows, gift bags, and boxes whenever you can.
Now – don’t we all feel better?