The holiday season is one of the most wasteful times of the year. The Allen County Solid Waste Management District wants to make sure you're aware of how you can avoid contributing to the waste.
"During the holiday season, residents tend to increase their waste disposal by 25%" says Stacie Hubbert who is the Program Manager for the Allen County Solid Waste Management District.
She also says there are several ways to be wasteful during the holiday season with wrapping paper, boxes, and packaging These are all materials that can be reduced, reused, and recycled.
Hubbert says to avoid purchasing items that will need wrapped or packaged.
"You can make your gifts. Here is a clear glass made into a decoration and has candy in it and you can keep using it year after year."
"Another thing you can do by giving is give nonmaterial gifts, such as sporting event tickets, movie tickets, concert tickets. That way there's minimal waste."
Gift cards are an easy gift, as they don't have to be wrapped and they can be reloaded or recycled. Whatever you purchase, look for recycled content.
Cutting down the tree and decorating it is perhaps one of the best parts of the holiday season, but what do you do with your tree once the holidays are over?
The Allen County Solid Waste Management District has partnered with 11 sites throughout Allen County in order to provide a recycling service for your live Christmas trees. Trees can be dropped off at any of these 11 sites (shown in video) between December 26th and January 10th.
The ACSWMD just asks that all tinsel, lights, and ornaments be removed prior to your drop off. What about those old 2013 calendars?
"You don't have to just toss your old calendars. These can be recycled along with catalogues. Just be aware of what you can recycle during this holiday season."