- TSARC Recycling Tips
TSARC Recycling Tips
Each week a Recycling Tip is published in the Hometown Weekly. This page is a compilation of those tips.
With the busy-ness of the holiday season, it's easy to forget simple but important recycling lessons. Here are top recycling tips to remember when you're "wrapping up" (pun intended!) those last-minute holiday chores:
1. Keep the planet in mind while wrapping your gifts - limit it to reusable or recyclable wrapping only.
2. Make it easy for guests to recycle - put out the recycling bin during parties and family gatherings.
3. Tinsel belongs on the recycling naughty list - stringy decorations create a mess inside recycling facilities.
4. Recycle your cardboard - you know, all of those holiday cartons that can make your living room look like a superstore warehouse.
5. Choose experiences over products - reduce waste and create memories.
6. Shop sustainably - consider brands that use environmentally sourced materials.
7. Bring your own shopping bag - or bring plastic bags back to the store for recycling.
8. Recycle your old gadgets at a local electronic recycling drop-off.
9. Rinse your recyclables - get out the icky stuff before tossing it into your bin.
10. Consider the recycling workers - know what can and cannot be recycled and help prevent potentially dangerous delays or shutdowns at the recycling facility.
A holiday heads-up from the folks at TSARC: Most wrapping paper cannot be recycled. Shorter fibers in the wrapping paper - along with glitter, harsh dyes and other embellishments - make it a no-no for your recycling bin.
What's an earth-conscious holiday shopper to do? Consider creative alternatives to traditional wrapping paper.
Reusable gift bags and boxes are always an easy choice as is earth-friendly wrapping paper made with soy dyes.
Brown paper bags tied with twine give packages rustic farmhouse charm while newspaper print comics, and magazine pages are fun options.
There's more . . . turn a clean foil snack bag or coffee bag inside out for a silvery wrap, reuse large envelopes, and large fabric scraps can be used again and again (think Japanese fabric wrapping technique furoshiki).
Are you looking for a way to inspire the next generation of earth advocates? Books can help us share a be-kind-to-the-earth message and are always a great gift idea for the holidays. The Transfer Station and Recycling Committee would like to share some of its best-loved titles for younger readers:
- "Michael Recycle," by Ellie Patterson
- "What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?" by Anna Alter
- "Kids vs. Plastic: ditch the straw and find the pollution solution to bottles, bags and other single-use plastics: how you can be a waste warrior," a National Geographic book by Julie Beer
- "Here Comes The Garbage Barge!" by Jonah Winter
- Old Enough to Save the Planet," by Loll Kirby
You can order these earth-friendly reads at Park Street Books and most book retailers.