1. On Christmas morning, sort wrapping as you go, creating piles for trash, recyclables and reusable ribbon, bags and paper. Tuck them away for next year.
2. Remember that wrapping paper is not recyclable. Choose reusable bags instead and save them from year to year.
3. Cardboard boxes and packaging, as long as they’re not soiled or waxed, can be recycled. Some boxes might be worth saving to reuse at another time. Flatten the boxes you’re going to recycle for easy storage.
4. On rigid plastic packaging, look for the recycling symbol with a number in the middle. Any plastic with a number between 1 and 7 can go in the blue bins. They’re few and far between on children’s toys but it’s still worth checking.
5. Don’t get lazy over the holidays when it comes to basic household recycling. Nuf said.
6. Keep composting over the Holidays. If you’re hosting a gathering and using disposable plates, buy paper plates and toss them in the compost bin for an easy clean up.
7. Do what you can to reduce food waste. Start with a small serving and go back for more if you’re still hungry.
8. Compost your Christmas tree. Many communities offer a tree mulching service for easy Christmas clean up.
9. Save Christmas cards and use them to make gift tags next year.
10. Bask in all that is wonderful about the Holiday Season and share your joy with others.