By: Julie Hoffman, Environmental Planning Program Manager at Maricopa Association of Governments
As we approach the holiday season, we find ourselves faced with recycling dilemmas. Can I recycle that greeting card, wrapping paper, and cardboard? To help address some of these common questions, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), in cooperation with its Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Valleywide Recycling Partnership, produced a series of short, fast-paced videos to encourage residents to “Think Before You Shop” and give tips for how to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” during the holiday season. The videos were completed last year and are designed to get people thinking about ways to reduce the amount of trash generated as they plan their holiday activities. Cities and towns receive more calls with questions on recycling during the holidays season than any other time of year. The videos address questions residents have on reducing trash and opportunities for recycling during the holidays.
The videos can be accessed through this link. In addition, links to the six 30-second holiday recycling videos are provided below.
Disposable Dinnerware – Instead of paper plates, use real dinnerware to save on holiday trash.
Gift Wrap – Since wrapping paper is not always recyclable, choose a fun alternative.
Greeting Cards – Cut cards in half and reuse as a postcard or gift tag.
Foam Packing – Don’t use foam packing peanuts. Instead use crumpled newspaper.
Cardboard – Recycle cardboard, which, along with paper, makes up 40 percent of landfill trash.
Plastic Bags – When shopping this holiday season, bring your own reusable bags.