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Did you know that the holiday season generates about 25 percent more trash?
The following tips for using less "stuff" during the Holiday season will not only show you how to reduce, reuse but also how to reduce waste in Mecklenburg County:
Buy rechargeable batteries for toys and other items that are used frequently.When mailing a present, use a brown paper sack to wrap the box.For wrapping gifts, use old maps or Sunday comics, or kids’ artwork.Make a realistic food shopping guide- avoid having too many leftovers.Send leftovers home with guests in plastic containers collected from other food purchasesBuy a tree that can be planted afterwards or buy an artificial tree.Decorate the house with natural items from the local Christmas Tree Corner Stand, e.g., branches, pine cones and berries.Buy lights that are wired in parallel- if one goes bad, the others still work.Put your lights on a timer- it will save energy and money.Buy in bulk items you will use a lot of and that have a long storage life.When sending holiday cards select cards made from recycled content.Cut off the front of old holiday cards and make your own or make them into postcards.Make gifts out of items that you already have around the house:Old clothes and jewelry for a dress-up boxTools and gadgets for a young inventor.Make potholders and oven mitts from old ironing board covers.Old clothes, drapes, robes, and tablecloths can be used to make doll clothes.Or give a gift that was purchased or received and that is not being used by you. (It’s the thought that counts!)