Go green for the holidays: Recycle and reduce waste

The holidays can not only be merry and bright, but also green for those who follow a few simple tips for reusing and recycling products as well as reducing waste.

“We understand that it can be easy to forget being green during the busy holiday season. But with a little effort, you can bring sustainability into your holiday,” said Scott Bradley, vice president of Waste Management for the Four Corners area. “That is why we would like to remind our communities that there are always opportunities to conserve every day.”

Here are a few tips from to reduce, reuse and recycle during the holiday season:

Make eco-friendly decorations: Get creative. Colored construction paper can be cut into decorations. And when your holiday celebration is over, your decorations can be recycled.

Buy and eat locally grown food: Buying locally grown food is a good way to have an eco-friendly holiday. Locally grown food is better for the environment and contributes more to the local economy by supporting local farmers and merchants.

Use recyclable bags when shopping for holiday meals: Paper bag production consumes more than 14 million trees. And it takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the amount of plastic bags the U.S. uses per year. By using reusable bags, you reduce the amount of paper and plastic bags used.

Reduce and recycle: Reduce  the overall amount of waste you produce during the holidays by purchasing only as much as you need and selecting products that have less packaging or can be recycled.

Aluminum foil and pie tins:  Aluminum foil and pie tins can be reused for packaging leftovers. If you don’t have any leftovers, add these items to your recycle bin. Aluminum can be recycled over and over again without wearing out. 

Use cloth napkins: Choose  cloth napkins over paper. Not only is it better for the environment, but it is also less expensive in the long run.  Paper napkins get one use and are then thrown away. Cloth napkins can be used multiple times, which lower their cost per use.

Waste Management offers a range of collection, disposal and recycling services throughout North America and employs more than 1,200 people in Colorado.

In Grand Junction, Waste Management operates a recycling facility located at 1227 Winters Ave. For more information about Waste Management, visit the website at www.wm.com.