Are you ready to reduce your waste this holiday season? Here are easy ways that you can aim for Zero Waste this year – from holiday parties, simple gifts that cut down on packaging, to wrapping gifts beautifully with no messy, wasteful pre-purchased wrapping paper.
Having a holiday party? Here are four ways to reduce waste at your holiday event:
- We now have waste sorting bins (recycling, compost, bottles, and trash) that you can borrow for FREE – check out the options and reserve online today!
- Use reusable (avoid disposable) plates, cutlery, cups, and linens – we have settings for up to 200 in our Zero Waste Event Kit program! Available for a sliding scale fee of $15-75.
- Send your guests home with leftovers in reusable take-out containers. Freeze portion-sized containers for leftovers later. Or donate un-served food.
- Secret Santa? Make it a Yankee Swap! Ask guests to bring non-purchased, reused or re-gifted items instead of buying something new.
Gift-giving tends to generate a lot of waste… Here’s some tips to reduce!
- Give experiences rather than stuff - such gift cards, certificates, and vouchers. Who wouldn’t want a massage, or a trip to the museum, or movie tickets??
- Get creative with wrapping: Use fancy fabric or (thrifted) silk scarves, maps, your kid’s drawings, National Geographic inserts…etc to wrap your gift.
- Wrapping paper and bows can be reused easily. Flatten and save for next year! Or better yet … wrap all your gifts with LAST year’s paper, and spruce them up with natural decorations, like sprigs from your tree trimmings, or pine cones.
- Ripped or crumpled wrapping paper can be recycled with your regular recycling. Avoid using metallic or plastic-coated paper as they are not recyclable. Here's more specifics on recycling wrapping paper rules.
- Buying local uses less resources AND packaging – Don’t forget to bring your own shopping bags! Ordering online? Reuse or recycle your packaging at the ARCC.
Reduce e-Waste over the holiday season!
- Use LED lights which last longer and use less energy
- Dead string lights? Repair them by replacing dead bulbs or recycle old holiday light strings at the ARCC. Check out this video on how to repair your broken string lights.
- Recycle your old electronics and appliances at the ARCC!
- Battery operated? Don’t forget when you replace old batteries, you can recycle them!
Recycle your Christmas Trees!
Your live Christmas trees can be recycled! Learn about drop-off locations and curbside collections in your area, here.