Reno Gazette-Journal: Recycle the Season: Here's How You Can Cut Holiday Waste Headed to Landfill
December 25, 2011
Minimizing and reusing items can help recycling efforts. At this time of year, consider gifts that leave no waste such as memberships or personal services like babysitting or housecleaning for family members, Caporusso said.
Reusable is a good word in recycling. Gift wrap and bows can be saved and used again next year. Or wrap gifts in newspaper -- the Sunday funny pages are colorful, Kennelly said.
"It's pretty and you can get creative," she said.
Reusing old decorative materials can look great, and it cuts down on what goes into the trash, she said.
Many people also are minimizing their use of boxes when wrapping presents as a way to reduce trash, Kennelly said.
Once the discards that you're not recycling are carted out to the trash can, make sure the lid is firmly closed so trash doesn't blow into the street if the wind picks up, Kennelly said.
Instead of overstuffing the can, remember that Waste Management will collect extra bags of trash from a residence.
Fresh Christmas trees can be recycled at Bartley Ranch and Rancho San Rafael regional parks in Reno and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks Monday through Jan. 16. Other fresh greenery such as wreaths or boughs -- if not recycled for yard use such as mulch -- can be bundled and secured for street-side disposal, Caporusso said.
At mealtime, it's certainly easier to use paper plates and plastic utensils for meals, especially for informal, quick lunchs or snacks, but using everyday or special dishes and tableware eliminates throw-aways, Caporusso said.
"And people feel more welcome if you use your own plates," he said. "It's more formal."
If you bring a potluck contribution to someone's house, use a covered dish or storage container rather than a paper plate covered with tin foil or other disposable material, Caporusso said.
"Leftovers stored in throwaway containers or paper plates, and things like plastic tableware, those are the worst," he said.