The recycling truck's near, are you listening, On the curb the plastic and glass are glistening, A beautiful sight, we're recycling tonight, Walking in an eco-friendly land.
Gone away are the old holiday lights,
Here to stay are the new LED brights,
They twinkle and glow, as they reduce energy flow, Walking in an eco-friendly land.
OK. We admit it. This is not exactly the way Winter Wonderland is sung. But it might be worth humming a few bars of this recycled song as a reminder to cut down on waste and increase the amount of recycling you do during the holidays.
Garbage piles up considerably at this time of year. From Thanksgiving to New Year's, food waste, packaging, wrapping paper, decorations and household waste increases by 25 percent, according to the Recycling Association of Minnesota.
Local garbage and recycling haulers notice the difference, too. In one week, the average Minnesotan throws away more than 42 pounds of garbage.
Minnesota throws away 1.3 million tons of material that easily could have been recycled each year. Recycling rates remain flat, while Minnesota is producing greater amounts of waste, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
As you celebrate this year, here are a few tips to make your holidays more green:
Give gifts (all year long) that don't have to be wrapped, such as tickets to concerts and sporting events or memberships to a museum, zoo or golf club.
Since most Minnesota recyclers do not accept wrapping paper, be creative and wrap items in scarves, towels or newspaper.
If you've already opened presents, recycle cardboard packaging. Save gift boxes and bags so you can reuse them.
When entertaining, turn down the heat before guests arrive to save energy and feel more comfortable. Avoid using disposable plastic cups, utensils and paper plates. Make it easy for your guests to recycle soda cans and bottles.
For more information about how, what and where to recycle, contact your county solid waste administrator or visit www.recyclemoreminnesota.org.
- St. Cloud Times
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