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Gifts Straight from Your Student's HeartLaura Tobar
The holiday season is a time of joy, spending time with loved ones — and gift-giving.
While everyone loves the surprise of opening a beautifully wrapped gift, once the wrapping paper has been removed, don't throw it away — you may be able to recycle it!
Knowing what can and can't be recycled can be confusing. Here is a quick guide to help you cut down on waste this holiday season.
Note: Every community's recycling guidelines are different, so be sure to check the website for your local recycling service or center.
Let's start with the items that can't be recycled (or may need to be taken to a center for hard-to-recycle materials):
Even though these items cannot be recycled, that doesn't mean they need to meet the trash can just yet — a number of them can be reused.
And some of them may be accepted at centers that collect hard-to-recycle or hazardous materials. For example:
Here are the materials that can be recycled:
While this is a general guide for recycling, the rules do vary from place to place, so double check your county's rules and regulations before sorting! In lieu of the holidays, some communities will alter their waste pickup to accommodate for the sudden influx of things like wrapping paper, bubble wrap, cellophane, etc. so definitely look into how your community handles holiday waste!
For all of those that love to have a live Christmas tree in their home, but don't know what to do with it after the holidays, most communities have Christmas tree pickup days to help keep things organized and to get those trees where they belong! Most county websites will have these dates and guidelines listed on their websites.
If you have a holiday card you really love and you want to do some easy holiday crafts with the family, check out this video of 10 holiday-card DIY's!
If you have a ton of leftover wrapping paper with adorable patterns, don't throw it away just yet — check out these 31 things you can do with leftover wrapping paper!
A number of things can be composted, including:
We hope this short guide will help you reduce waste after all the excitement has ended. Happy sorting!