To create less waste- and add to the overall impact of your gift- get creative! Why not wrap a present with a present? Instead of paper, you could use a shirt, scarf, bandana or blanket to conceal your offering. It’s pretty and practical too. Instead of ribbons and bows, a tree ornament, small toy or just about other reusable trinket can be decoratively affixed to a box. These become small, fun additions to your gift.
Fabric also makes great, "green" gift wrap- and can be reused for years! If you really want to get fancy, take a look at the Japanese art of furoshiki. According to this age-old practice, how you present a package is a symbolic gesture that expresses how you feel about the recipient. We think it also expresses how you feel about the environment. And it’s just as fun to unwrap!
If you love the look of bows, remember that if every household reused just two feet of ribbon, it would save more than 43,000 miles of material- enough to wrap around the entire Earth!
Do NOT place in a recycling cart: artificial Christmas trees, ribbon or bows, metallic or plastic wrapping paper, glittery greeting cards, broken ornaments, Christmas lights, batteries, electronics, toys, ceramic coffee mugs or drinking glasses, plastic plates and cutlery, disposable hot or cold drink cups, "Styrofoam" packing materials, trash bags, and please, no fruit cakes.
The following materials can be recycled at the landfill's recycling drop-off facilities:
Electronics: If you've gotten new gadgets, some of your old electronics can be recycled for a standard fee; this includes: computers and all peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.), printers, faxes, cell phones, digital cameras, digital music players, DVD/Blueray/VHS players, telephones, radio/stereo equipment and up to 10 televisions and/or monitors per resident per year.
Foam: Sprucing up for guests? Some soft foam materials are recyclable too, including old foam pillows or foam mattresses, “egg crate” or memory foam mattress toppers and carpet padding.
Bulky Rigid Plastics: Too many toys? Don't forget how easy it is to drop off items that can still be used at any of the six local Goodwill stores or the more than a dozen local drop-off bins. Worn-out large plastic toys, such as play houses or big wheels, can be recycled at our bulky rigid plastics drop-off bin.
Scrap Metal: This program accepts appliances and any object made predominantly of metal, such as: stoves, refrigerators, pots & pans, filing cabinets, shelving, barbecue grills and bicycles