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Christmas Tree Recycling and Holiday Recycling Tips

December 20, 2019

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Gift Wrapping & Holiday Decorations

Family owned and locally operated EDCO would like to remind you to recycle this holiday season! During the holidays, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than any other time of year. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, an additional 1 million tons of waste is thrown out each week. Much of what will be tossed out after the holidays is recyclable or can be reused, and with a little bit of effort, residents can reduce the amount of waste generated throughout the yuletide season.

Wrapping materials such as ribbon and wrapping paper are one of the largest quantities of materials that end up in the trash during the holiday season.

In fact, each year 38,000 miles of ribbon alone is thrown out nationwide; which is enough to tie a bow around the Earth! Residents can give the gift that keeps on giving by recycling products that can be reused and remade into post-consumer material. Please consider the following ideas that will help reduce, reuse and recycle materials used when wrapping packages:

  • Decorate your home with holly, cedar, berries, fruits, and nuts, all of which can be composted after use. Use popcorn and cranberries to decorate the tree.
  • Create gift tags from last year’s holiday cards or wrapping paper.
  • If you use traditional gift wrapping or send holiday cards, buy paper products made from recycled paper that can also be recycled.
  • Design your own wrapping paper using paper shopping bags: decorate them with paints, crayons or art. You can also use blueprint paper or the Sunday comics.
  • Drop off extra packaging materials at local private mailing centers. Visit the Plastic Loosefill Council Peanuts website at loosefillpackaging.com for the names of local businesses that reuse packing peanuts.
  • Recycle non-metallic wrapping paper and boxes if you do not plan to use them again.
  • Save wrapping paper and ribbons to reuse next year. Ribbons made from paper can be recycled. Ribbon made from plastic or fabric is not recyclable but can be reused on other packages.
  • Cardboard boxes with clear plastic windows can be recycled.

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