The days between Thanksgiving and New Years are when we produce the most waste. There is trash from the holiday parties and get-togethers, waste from the packaging around the gifts we give, and more food waste. Here are some tips to reduce some of that waste AND to save some money.
Look for minimal packaging on the gifts you choose. If the packaging is excessive, choose something else. You pay for the packaging, and you pay to throw it away.
Look for packaging that is recyclable.
Don't use gift wrap. Again, it's something you pay to buy, and something you pay to throw away. Instead, use alternatives:
Old road maps
Old sheet music
Towels or other items that become part of the gift
Know what can be recycled, and recycle it! Here are some items you should NOT put in your recycling can:
Wrapping paper (heavy metals make the ink so bright and colorful, but make the paper non-recyclable)
Paper plates (consider using these to create compost - paper is a source of carbon, needed to balance nitrogen)
Plastic silverware (use real silverware - who likes to eat off plastic, anyway?)
Foam plastic (like styrofoam cups)
Film plastic (instead, take this to a grocery store and recycle with bags)
Borrow a recycling container (Recycling Bins web page) for your parties and family events, to make recycling easier. Call Environmental Services at 507-304-4381 to make arrangements.