Dispose of Holiday Decorations Responsibly

Your DGB for today is to find a way to lower your holiday’s impact.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is already a part of your daily routine, right? What about when it comes to cleaning up the aftermath of the holidays? After several weeks of work and build-up it’s tempting to just trash everything and stick it by the curb along with all of 2016, but there are easy ways to get rid of the clutter without putting it in a landfill. Your local city or county waste management agency will often have ideas, but here are a few compiled by DGB:

Real Christmas tree: Donate it to your local zoo! Contact them and see if they are accepting trees for the animals to play with.

Fake Christmas tree: If it’s not too far gone, you can donate it to a thrift store, nursing home, or even schools. Most local recycling centers also accept them.

Holiday Lights: This company collects your old lights all year long to raise money for Toys for Tots.

Wrapping paper tubes: They make a great handle for a protest sign! Find out if the organizers of the next rally or march near you are interested in your empty wrapping paper tubes.

Other holiday stuff not mentioned here? Earth911 has compiled a very handy database that can help you find a way.

As for 2016, DGB has confirmed we cannot reuse or recycle. This one must go directly to a landfill.