Maybe you’re the type to keep a Christmas tree up until mid-February. But for many of us, the end of the holiday season – whether it’s Hanukkah, Christmas, or anything else – means that there’s a good amount of stuff around the house, and you probably don’t want to throw it all in the trash.
The good news: most of it can be recycled or reused next year. Here’s our quick guide.
- Trees and wreaths: Nationally, millions upon millions of trees are bought, displayed for a few weeks, and thrown out. The best solution might be to rethink this — finding a way to reuse trees without killing them, perhaps — but once you’ve got a tree, there are some ways to get rid of it that are much more eco-friendly. The best option is usually a curbside pickup or retail dropoff program. It’s certainly better than the landfill! Search here to find one near you.
- Christmas/Holiday Lights If you’ve got a string that no longer works, or that you’re simply trying to get rid of, there are much better options than the trash! For working lights, try a local Goodwill or other donation center. And if you’re in the market for more efficient bulbs, take a look at Holiday LED’s mail-in recycling program — you’ll get a coupon for 25% next year’s more efficient, more durable lights, too!
- Wrapping Paper Most municipalities will recycle wrapping paper. Don’t worry if there’s a little tape on it, either. But keep bows and glittery paper out, since they won’t recycle — and see if you can reuse them next year!
- Electronics Someone in your house got a new phone? Don’t let the old one end up polluting a landfill. Find a local dropoff place for recycling, and you might even get some store credit back.
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