holiday waste

The numbers regarding the amount of waste generated every holiday season are shocking. Around 25% more trash is thrown away during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period, than during any other time of the year. This extra waste equals to 25 million tons of garbage or about 1 million extra ton of trash per week. If every family wrapped only three presents with re-used material, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. Approximately 2.65 billion Christmas cards are sold each year in the USA. These could fill an entire football field up to 10 stories high. If all of us send even a single card less, we could save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.

This holiday season, let’s pledge for zero waste Christmas and conserve the only planet which sustains life. The tips listed here can help you celebrate holidays without the guilt of polluting our planet. Let’s take a look:

  • Shop thoughtfully. Choose items which use little or no packaging. Another good option is to buy in bulk to reduce unnecessary and excessive packaging. Reuse whatever you can.

  • Learn to compost if you don’t know how to. Holidays call for huge feasts. This means a lot of cooking. Instead of discarding all that vegetable waste, prepare compost. You can also use yard clippings for the compost. Your garden will love it and you will reduce your waste.

  • Prefer glasses, plates and other cutlery which can either be reused or recycled. Make it easier for your guests to recycle at your holiday parties. Put up recycling bins which are clearly labeled and easily accessible. Spread the word among friends and family so that they can carry forward this green initiative to reduce waste at their holiday gatherings.

  • Be more conscious about your gifts. Are your gifts actually being used or just passed on? Try to think of gifts which are experiences and not just mere artifacts. For instance, trips to parks, museum, beaches, financial accounts, memberships of health spas, swimming clubs, subscriptions to magazines, book clubs etc. Such gifts are not only valued more by the receiver but they also help reduce waste. You can even give home-baked goodies, jams, breads, plants etc.

  • So much time and money is spent on gift wrapping while the fact being that it is only appreciated for a brief moment. Ditch the usual gift wraps for reusable wrapping options this holiday season. Not only are they sustainable and convenient but also stylish and impressive. Fabric gift wraps for instance look fabulous and are extremely convenient. They easily take the shape of the item around which they are wrapped. Also, they don’t require any measuring, cutting, folding or taping and hence save a lot of time and effort.

  • Leaving Christmas lights on during the day is a major form of energy wastage. It also costs you a lot of money in the form of electricity bills and frequent bulb replacements. Besides, these lights are hardly visible during the day. Hence, it’s best to turn them off during day to reduce electricity wastage as well as cut down unnecessary electricity expenses.

  • When it comes to cards, the truth is that most of them are thrown away the day they are received. At best, some of them are displayed during holidays and tossed in trash cans at the end of the season. While they are a thoughtful way to convey your love and warm wishes to your friends and family, they are also a major contributor towards waste. This holiday season, prefer e-cards. They are not only convenient to send but are also zero-waste. Besides, they can be saved without any hassles and can be accessed easily whenever desired.

Every home is bound to generate more waste during the holidays. However, a bit of planning and these tips can help turn your celebrations greener this year. Get in touch with Compactor Management Company to learn more about waste management opportunities at your home.