Make “reduce, reuse, recycle” this year’s mantra for holiday garbage – Maple Ridge News

The piles of presents under the Christmas trees have been emptied and all the presents have been unwrapped, so what’s next? Where should all the Christmas decorations, gift wrap and ribbons go?

Considering the environmental impact and making informed decisions about decorations and gift packaging can go a long way in the fight against climate change. So while it’s ideal to reduce what goes to the landfill, people can also opt to recycle and reuse their Christmas decorations and gift wrap this year.

Recycle BC has a list of decorations and items they accept and those they don’t.

According to Recycle BC, paper or gift wrap, paper gift bags, greeting cards, cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, magazines, and even chocolate boxes can all be recycled with paper. Plastic shopping envelopes, shopping bags, bubble wrap, flexible plastic packaging could be returned to depots. Hard plastic packaging, plastic containers, cardboard boxes, pie plates, cookie tins can be recycled with containers. However, foil or glitter wrap, ribbons and bows, toys, batteries and string lights would not be accepted by Recycle BC.

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While the best way to make sure everyone is enjoying the vacations without creating too much of a recycling nightmare is to follow Recycle BC guidelines, Leanne Koehn of Ridge Meadows Recycling Society also shared some simple tips and tricks for reducing and prevent holiday waste from ending up in the landfill. .

  • Save the gift wrap for reuse for next year. Carefully unwrap the glitter and shiny paper so that it can be reused, or people can even cut them into small squares to use for gift tags next year.
  • Remove all ribbons, bows and paperless decorations before removing your holiday decorations and wrappers for recycling. Place the gift wrap in the apartment’s yellow bag or paper bin, or take it to the Maple Ridge recycling depot.
  • Live trees are the best because they can be replanted after Christmas. Cut trees can be picked up for shredding. Check with regular local groups such as the 1st Haney Scout Group and Maple Ridge Search and Rescue to find out more about their Christmas tree chipping offers.
  • Artificial trees, at the end of their life, with lights built in or that are primarily metal, can be recycled at the Maple Ridge recycling depot. Everyone else is probably headed for the landfill unfortunately

“Unfortunately, many decorations are not recyclable – keep them until next year or, if they get broken, bring them to the Maple Ridge Repair Café on Saturday February 19, 2022 at the Seniors Activity Center! ” she said.

Koehn also said that from December 27 the depot was very busy until the second week of January.

“Expect recycling trucks to arrive at your home later than usual, and expect queues at the Maple Ridge recycling depot. Pre-sort your recycling before coming to the depot to keep the queue moving, ”she added.

The recycling depot will be closed on December 25 and January 1, while on December 24 and 31 the depot will close early at 3 p.m.

Recycle BC also announced last week that it would resume collecting polystyrene from recycling depots from December 27.

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