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 at Put Waste in Its Place
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.
Santa’s Got a Clear New Bag
Santa’s got a brand new bag this year – and it’s clear why!
Santa knows that beginning January 2022 the City of St. John’s requires clear bags for garbage and he’s made the switch now and is using a clear bag to deliver gifts.
Santa’s elves love the clear bag as it’s easier and more efficient for them to pack his bag for the long journey and to make sure only toys for girls & boys go in there and not lumps of coal or reindeer feed as well.
Santa has left small gifts at City of St. John’s Community Centres – ask for your free sample pack of clear bags for garbage at the front desk.
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/