The onslaught of holiday throwaways–cards, ribbons, paper, batteries, and so forth– can be brutal on the environment.
Have a plan in place for getting rid of your old electronics and food and decoration waste this holiday season.
- E-waste: Gadgets, electronics, and computers are popular holiday gifts. Find a place to recycle or donate your old gear. You can find local e-recyclers online. To prevent identity theft, be certain that your personal data are wiped off devices before you drop them off. Find directions for your device from the manufacturer or search online for step-by-step instructions for each gadget.
- Holiday trees: Check with your city to see if it has a tree recycling event. Or turn to your favorite search engine and type in the name of your city and “Christmas tree recycling” and to find information, dates, and locations.
- Oddball stuff: Before dumping anything in the landfill, figure out if you can donate or recycle it. Some of the strangest things can be recycled, including jeans, wine, and golf balls. For more on quirky things that can be recycled, see, “10 Things You Never Knew Were Recyclable.”