Festively wrapped holiday gifts are sure to bring joy to both the gift giver and the recipient, however after the gift is opened what can you do with the leftover gift wrap and plastic packaging? The holiday season brings with it more than joy, cheer and gatherings of family and friends. It also brings a marked uptick in the amount of waste produced to the tune of an extra 5 million tons of garbage.
In this article AmeriSouth Recycling shares tips on how to make your holidays more sustainable by not only appropriately recycling holiday plastic and paper in Atlanta, GA but also choosing the most environmentally friendly options.
How to Recycle Holiday Trimmings
The unwrapping of holiday gifts can often happen fast and furiously. If you are making an effort to recycle what you can this holiday season, one of the most important things to do is to make sure to sort the wrappings well once the fury subsides.
As you’ll see, not every bit of holiday trim can be recycled, and it’s important to sort your holiday recyclables properly so as not to contaminate the rest of the load.
What Can I Recycle?
Some holiday packaging items that are typically recyclable and accepted in most curbside recycling bins include paper and corrugated cardboard. However, while gift boxes are a good likely recyclable choice for holiday packaging you will need to be more selective when it comes to gift wrap.
Choosing Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap
If you are selecting traditional gift wrap you will want to carefully read the label and choose one that either says it is made from recycled material or states that it can be recycled in curbside recycling bins.
Gift wrap made of foil or containing any metallic embellishments will not be recyclable and is not a good choice. Gift bags, while not always made of recyclable or recycled material, are a better choice because many people save and reuse them.
The best choice is to use either plain packaging paper or reusable items, such as a festive cloth, to wrap your gifts.
Which Holiday Items Should I Avoid?
To make your holiday celebrations as eco-friendly as possible there are several holiday trimming items that most communities in the U.S. do not accept for recycling. Some of those items include:
- Mixed material packaging such as paper with metallic embellishments
- Foil decorations like Christmas Tree tinsel
- Foam packing peanuts and other Styrofoam items
- Most gift wrap unless it is 100% paper or corrugated cardboard
What About Holiday Cards?
Sending holiday cards is another holiday tradition that many Americans like to participate in. While so many love getting holiday greetings from family and friends as well as sending them, the volume of cards sent over the holidays uses a tremendous amount of resources.
While e-cards are the most environmentally friendly route to take, for many, this option takes away the fun of sending and receiving holiday mail. If you go with traditional cards take care to select some that are made with 100% recycled content. With the cards you receive, you can save any that are not recyclable for kids to make holiday decorations with for the next year.
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