How To Deal With Holiday Trash

Posted on: 4 January 2016

The holidays can generate a lot of trash. One of the challenges of the holidays is figuring out how to safely deal with all of that trash. Here are a few tips on how to safely deal with all that holiday trash and reduce the trash that you generate in the first place. 

Think Recycling First, Trash Second

The easiest way to reduce the amount of trash that goes out in your trash can following the holidays is to think recycling first, trash second. 

You can recycle all of the following common holiday items instead of throwing them into your trash:

  • Wrapping Paper
  • Gift Boxes
  • Gift Bags
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Christmas Cards
  • Christmas Card Envelopes
  • Newspapers
  • Advertisements
  • Cardboard Paper Wrapping Rolls

All of these items, in addition to the normal items that you recycle, can all go into your recycling bin instead of the trash can. 

However, not everything can be recycled. The following holiday items will unfortunately need to be put in your trash can:

  • Ribbons
  • Bows
  • Foil Wrapping Paper
  • Plastic Bags
  • Bubble Wrap 
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Air Bag

Be Carefully With What You Let Others See

When filling up your trash can and recycling can, don't overload your can. You don't want a bunch of items popping out the top. If you have too much trash, see if a neighbor has room in their can or wait to put it out until the next week. 

You don't want to advertise to the entire neighborhood and anyone who drives by on trash day all the new presents that are inside of your house. Break down any boxes or packaging that you need to throw away, and make sure that it is not popping out of your trash can. Avoid setting out large boxes for your trash driver; break them down and put them inside of your trashcan or recycling bin instead. 

Use Reusable Items To Reduce Trash

The holiday season also entitles a lot of entertaining. In order to cut down on the amount of waste that you produce, stick to reusable items.

Instead of putting out paper plates for meals, set up regular plates. This will greatly reduce the amount of trash from your party and will also reduce the environmental impact of your party. Do the same thing with glasses and silverware as well. 

If you follow the tips above, you should be able to make it through the holiday season without overwhelming and overfilling your trash can. Keep these tips in mind whenever you celebrate a birthday or throw a big party this year. Try to reduce waste and recycle first to cut down on the trash that holidays and special events can create. Contact a business, such as General Waste Removal, for more information.