We’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of ways to be environmentally friendly during the holidays. Follow @DenPublicWorks on Twitter for more ways to be green during the holidays and send us your favorite tips too.
SKIP WRAPPING PAPER
Create your own wrapping paper with newspaper comics, calendar and magazine pages, or brown paper bags that you decorate. Or, wrap gifts in fabrics or gift bags that can be used year after year. You can also use cloth ribbon for bows instead of disposable plastic ones. Don’t forget to recycle the wrapping from the gifts you receive. Denver Recycles accepts most wrapping paper for recycling, but cannot accept glitter-coated or foil coated paper.
About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season and many of those batteries end up in landfills. Buy rechargeable batteries to include with your electronic gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable batteries can save money in the long run, too.
BRING YOUR OWN BAGS
Canvas bags aren’t just for the grocery store. Make sure you bring them on all of your holiday shopping trips.
Denver Recycles will accept many types of packaging that is generated during the holiday season. Here are a few holiday items you can recycle:
- Gift boxes
- Cardboard toy packaging
- Eggnog cartons
- Wrapping paper (no glitter or foil coated paper)
- Holiday cards and envelopes (no photo, glitter or foil coated cards)
- Metal cookie tins (up to 6” x 10” in size with the lid removed)
LET PUBLIC WORKS RECYCLE YOUR TREE
Denver residents can give their holiday tree a second life through the Treecycle program. Just set your Christmas tree out for collection during specified weeks in early January in the same location where your trash is picked up. All trees collected through the program are chipped into mulch that is given to residents at Denver’s annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale.
Dumpster service customers should place their Christmas tree out for recycling on either Monday, December 31 or Monday, January 7. Do not place trees in dumpsters. Trees should be placed at least four feet away from dumpsters.
Barrel and Manual service customers should place their Christmas tree out for recycling on their normal trash day between December 31 and January 11.
Find more information about recycling during the holidays at www.denvergov.org/DenverRecycles