Holiday Recycling Tips

 

The holiday season brings items into our homes we don’t normally have around – in fact, during the holidays the amount of waste generated increases by approximately 25%!

When preparing for the holidays by purchasing or bringing new items into your home, think of how you will dispose of it in the end – oftentimes there are options that are better choices to divert waste from going to the landfill.

The collection schedule has been updated for Dec. 27-31 and we’ll pick up your waste on your regular day. Learn your updated schedule and sign up for reminders on the schedules page.

 

Real Vs. Artificial Trees

Trying to decide between getting a real tree or an artificial one?

Real trees are the right choice environmentally as:

  • Artificial trees are not recyclable and eventually end up in landfill
  • Real trees are completely compostable – bring it to one of our drop offs.

Real trees are grown closer to home and use less resources to produce than artificial.

 

Green Your Gathering

Hosting a family get-together? Make sure it’s green:

  • Use reusable plates, cups and cutlery
  • If purchasing food, snacks and drink choose ones that are in recyclable packaging
  • If you need to use disposable items, buy ones that are recyclable. Just look for the recycling symbol on the plastic cups, plates and food trays before you buy.
  • Learn if something’s recyclable in our Waste Wizard

Common holiday waste that can be recycled right at the curb in blue bags:

  • Eggnog containers
  • Whipping cream containers
  • Orange juice containers
  • Cranberry sauce and Fussell’s cream tins
  • Syrup bottles
  • Cookie and chocolate tins
  • Liquor bottles (plastic only)
  • Gift boxes, cardboard boxes

 

Make Memories – Not Garbage

Give the gift of an experience – buy your loved ones tickets to a show, the movies, a museum, an activity centre or a game.

Gift homemade – knit a scarf or pair of mittens, make preserves, bake cookies or treats and package them in a reuseable container.

Give a gift that will last – choose a gift that will be used and is of good quality.

 

Wrapping Paper Alternatives

You can help reduce the environmental impact of the holidays by choosing alternatives to traditional wrapping paper.

Instead of wrapping paper, use:

  • Reusable gift bags
  • Brown packing paper, decorate with a candy cane or piece of greenery
  • Cloth gift bags or cinch sacks
  • Newspaper (the comic section can be lots of fun)
  • Children’s art
  • Reusable jars and tins

Gifts are still festive and fun even without traditional wrapping paper. There are numerous other ways to reduce the gift wrap for any special occasion – watch our quick video here.

 

Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree

After the holidays drop off your real Christmas tree at the Quidi Vidi Lake Parking Lot or the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop Off.

Only natural, undecorated trees are accepted – no artificial trees, decorations, tinsel or other man-made objects. Please do not bundle or tie the tree.

All the trees collected are turned into mulch chips which are used in horticultural projects in the City’s green spaces.

Learn more: http://curbitstjohns.ca/recycle/christmas-trees/