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​Use Less Stuff - Holiday Recycling

​This Holiday season, give MORE by USING LESS! Did tou know that the average US household produces 30% more waste during the Holiday season?

During the Holiday's, please consider sustainability to reduce waste by following these 5 tips:

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    1. Buy gifts that do not require wrapping or wrap gifts with the comic pages or other reusable paper.
    2. When you go shopping, take your reusable bags to reduce packaging.
    3. Make your own decorations out of recycled or natural materials.
    4. Use cloth napkins and skip the paper towels. 
    5. Use washable flatware. The landfill will so glad you chose #4 and #5!

Here are some other ways to 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.
  • Make a realistic food shopping guide- avoid having too many leftovers.
  • Send leftovers home with guests in plastic containers collected from other food purchases
  • Buy 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 box
    • Tools 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!)

And always ensure you are "Recycling Right", click here to see what items are recyclable in Mecklenburg County. 

Click here for some recycling tips this Holiday Season or email us.


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2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Disposal Site Hours Mon-Sat  7 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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