‘Tis the season to recycle! Now that Christmas is officially over it’s time for Christmas tree recycling and figuring out what to do with all of your Christmas decorations. Here are some tips on how to properly take care of your Christmas tree and other eco friendly practices for the dreaded post holiday clean up. Hopefully these tips will make your job a little easier!
Christmas tree recycling in Vancouver, B.C.
Although you may think it’s okay to just toss your old tree out with the rest of the rubbish, that’s not a very good eco friendly option. There are some simple Christmas tree recycling practices that you’ll find are not hard to do. The simplest solution is to put your tree out with the rest of your yard waste to be picked up. You can also take it to any of these Christmas tree recycling locations in Vancouver. When you take your tree in for recycling a small charity donation will ensure that your Christmas tree gets properly recycled and turned into wood chips.
Potted trees remove the need to do Christmas tree recycling
You can buy a living Christmas tree that is potted so that you can simply move it outdoors after the holidays and continue to let it grow till next year. This is the most cost effective option for trees because you won’t have to buy a new tree every year. If you didn’t think to buy a potted tree this year, there’s always next year!
Wrapping paper recycling
Although there are other more eco friendly gift wrapping options than wrapping paper, if you still used wrapping paper for your gifts or you received gifts wrapped in paper you can recycle some of it! Not all wrapping paper can be recycled, if it is foil lined, then it probably will not be accepted as recycling, however, you can still reuse it for other gifts. Follow these steps before tossing your old wrapping paper in with your other recycling. When recycling wrapping paper make sure to remove all the tape and ribbons that might be stuck to it before putting it in your recycling bin. If you used old newspaper and brown paper bags as gift wrap then you will have no problems recycling them as long as you remove the tape and decorations!
Christmas wreaths, flowers and fruit center pieces can be composted
There are plenty of holiday decorating items that can be composted after the holidays. If you have wreaths and garlands made from branches and other real plants these can be taken apart and used in your compost. You can also add your poinsettias and other old flower arrangements and fruit center pieces that were nice to look at during the holidays but now their time has come to an end.
So, don’t forget to take a look around before you start packing up your Christmas decorations and consider what items you can reuse, recycle or compost! Happy cleaning and happy new year!