‘Tis the season to deck the halls. We encourage you to take a few steps to ensure that the festive spirit fills our hearts but not our landfills. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Americans generate over 25% more trash than the rest of the year. That is an additional 1 million tons into the landfill every week, but a few simple steps can change that.
We love the warm glow of holiday lights, but they quickly cause a spike in our energy bill. Lighting a holiday tree for 12 hours a day for 20 days uses about $13 of energy with incandescent lights. If you switch to LED lights, it will cost you just $0.26. Recycle your old strands of lights at the recycling center after making the switch. For more information on energy reduction check out Summit Community Power Works.
Gatherings with friends and family create memories to last a lifetime, but without a little pre-planning they can also create waste that lasts multiple lifetimes. Reduce party waste by avoiding plastic or paper cups, utensils, plates, and napkins. Glass mason jars are a more festive alternative and real knives always cut much easier than plastic.
Decrease the waste produced by your food packaging. Avoid plastic and buy in bulk when available. Choose items with limited packaging or those that are easily recyclable like aluminum cans and glass. Remember, glass cannot go in your curbside bin. Bring it to the recycling center instead.
Take on these tips and enjoy your greener holiday!Recycle Utah, a community nonprofit and drop-off recycling center, provides these weekly tips.