Don’t Waste The Holidays

When you’re making your holiday list, add reduce, reuse and recycle! There are many great ways to practice the 3 Rs this holiday season.


  • Shop thrift stores, antique malls, or eBay for pre-owned décor you want, donate/sell what you don’t.
  • Take good care of your decorations and they will last many years.
  • Make handmade decorations that are re-useable, recyclable or compostable.


  • Purchase recycled-content cards.
  • Donate used cards.
  • Make handmade cards that are recyclable.


  • Shop at thrift stores, antique malls, or eBay to find that unique gift.
  • Give an experience such as gift cards for food and entertainment, tickets for a show, or memberships to a museum or zoo.
  • Make a donation in someone’s name.

Gift Wrap

  • Use recyclable wrapping such as old posters, maps, paper grocery bags or the funny papers.
  • Wrap with attractive cloth, cloth ribbons or a reusable bag.
  • Use last-year’s boxes, tissue paper, bows and ribbons.


  • Use durable tableware: dishes, cups, utensils, napkins, tablecloths, etc.
  • Recycle cans and bottles
  • Compost food waste

Clean Up

  • “Treecycle” your holiday tree, wreathes and garland (natural only).
  • Donate your old or non-working holiday lights.
  • Recycle packaging and cards.
  • Save boxes, tissue paper, bows and ribbons for next year.
  • Donate gently used items to charities or thrift stores.
  • Compost your poinsettias or keep them as houseplants (they’ll bloom year after year).

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