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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Waste Management Tips for Greener Holidays

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Waste Management Tips for Greener Holidays

Here are some helpful holiday hints for our Farmington neighbors.

When you make greener choices at the holidays you reduce demand for natural resources, conserve energy, save water and reduce air pollution. That’s a gift for the whole community! To go green, simply remember the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Reduce this holiday season:

  • Food is an important part of the holidays. Gathering around the table and indulging in family favorites is tradition for many. Get an accurate headcount for any parties you’re hosting, and use the Guest-imator to estimate how much food you need to keep your guests full and happy, while minimizing waste (or planning for the perfect amount of leftovers).
  • After holiday festivities, put leftovers in reusable containers and share them with family, friends, or others. Donate unopened canned or boxed food to a local food bank. 
  • Give experiences instead of material goods, such as concert tickets or restaurant gift cards.
  • Send electronic greeting cards to reduce paper waste. If you prefer the feel of paper, try sending recycled-content greeting cards and remember to recycle any paper cards you receive.
  • Expert tip: Don’t recycle greeting cards with attached bows, ribbons, or badges.

Reuse this holiday season:

  • Think green before you shop the holiday sales. Bring your own reusable cloth bag to carry your purchases.
  • Wrap gifts in recycled wrapping paper or gently used gift bags.
  • Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware.
  • Expert tip: Save and reuse party hats, decorations, and favors.
  • Bake cookies or other goodies and package them in reusable containers as gifts. Homemade treats show how much you care and help you avoid packaging waste.

Recycle this holiday season:

  • Buy items with minimal packaging and look for gifts made with recycled content.
  • Be sure your party guests know where to recycle empty bottles and cans and to put all food waste in the trash.
  • Flatten empty boxes before recycling. Remove all foam and plastic packaging materials and throw in the trash. Paper used for padding is recyclable.
  • Expert Tip: Don’t recycle wrapping paper that is coated in plastic or foil or includes glittery or embossed elements. Keep out bows and ribbons – these are not recyclable.

After the holidays, take your Christmas tree to be mulched for free. Find more information at https://www.fmtn.org/271/Clean-Beautiful (information is usually posted in late December).

On behalf of your entire Waste Management team, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

WM

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