The Holiday Season produces more than just good cheer. According to the EPA, five million tons is the amount of trash produced between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day in America. That’s a 25% increase then generated in a typical five to six week period – that’s a lot of trash.
So this year let’s create memories, not garbage!
Recycle your non-working holiday lights now through 1/12/18 at City Hall and receive a $5 off coupon from Oberlin Ace Hardware store.
- Consider the durability of a product before buying. Cheaper, less durable items often wear out quickly, creating waste and costing you $$$.
- Keep excessive packaging out of your gift giving; buy gifts with no or minimal packaging like gift cards to restaurants or a spa, tickets to a concert or sporting events, passes to a favorite park or even a membership to the local zoo. The possibilities are endless, be creative and check out the 3R Resources below.
- Give gifts that encourage others to be sustainable, like a cookbook, potted herbs, a drying rack, a bottle of organic wine, a reusable lunch bag or beverage bottle.
- Consider buying your friends a gift from a secondhand store.
- Use less wrapping paper by reusing last year’s gift bags, the Sunday’s comics, posters, maps or a pretty dish towel. When the gifts are unwrapped, don’t forget to recycle the paper, tissue paper and box curbside.
- Purchase, give and use rechargeable batteries this season and all year long.
- Light up your home in LED lights and recycle your old burned-out, broken or tangled holiday lights, power cords & strips by dropping them off at Oberlin City Hall (85 S. Main St., 8am-4:30pm) or at the Lorain County Solid Waste Management Division Collection Center from now until 1/12/2018.
- Send recycled content holiday/greeting cards to reduce the amount of virgin paper used. Postcards are another good option since no envelopes are needed. Recycle or repurpose them at the end of the season. The best option is to send an e-greeting to eliminate paper waste.
- Buy local! The Oberlin Winter Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 10:30-1:30 at Eastwood School.
- Remember, take and use reusable shopping bags when out & about this holiday season; make it a habit and use it all year long.
- Purchase a balled Christmas tree and plant it in your yard afterwards or place your live, cut tree curbside for pick up and composting by the city.
- Donate unwanted gifts to charity.
- Know and be sure to recycle everything you are able to. A full list of recyclable items for the city’s curbside program can be found here.
- Make gatherings Zero Waste by:
- Use washable glassware, plates, utensils and cloth napkins.
- Provide products that can be recycled or reused.
- Have a labeled recycling container next to the garbage can.
- Make your own table decorations.
- Avoid single serving product waste.
- Compost leftover fruit & vegetables scraps.
- Don’t throw leftover food away! Put them in reusable containers and share them with family or friends. You can also donate leftovers to a local food pantry, and organization that feeds those in need, your church, local police or fire department or to a neighbor.
Additional 3R Resources for the Holidays
(or any day)
- Simplify the Holidays – Center for a New American Dream
- Keep America Beautiful
- Republic Services Holiday Recycling List
- Thanksgiving Tips
- Compost these guys
- 10 Sustainable Gifts
- TipHero: How to Make 8 Custom Ornaments in Just 20 Minutes