The holiday season is not over yet, but you may be thinking about what to do with all the leftover “stuff” from the festivities. With the new year approaching, many make the resolution to be more environmentally conscious or to adopt a more minimalistic approach. There are ways to recycle or reuse those used Christmas items to get your resolutions off to a good start.
Did you know that Christmas lights can be recycled, as they have a decent amount of copper and glass? Goodwill also accepts working lights, and big box home improvement stores will accept them periodically throughout the year if you are upgrading to LED lights. You can also look online for organizations that will accept old lights.
Wrapping paper can also be recycled if it does not have glitter or tape on it. Add real Christmas trees to the list of items that can be recycled or reused. You can cut them up and use them as mulch, or backyard birds will enjoy your used Christmas Tree all winter. Once spring arrives, you can place it in the yard waste collection to keep it out of the landfill. Fake Christmas trees are not recyclable, but you can donate it for resale if you want to put off it’s inevitable landfill fate.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.