Create memories, not garbage.

​Tips to Reduce

Between wrapping presents, decorating, the parties and the food, the holidays can create a lot of waste. Use these tips to keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill.

 

 

 

Borrow from nature46http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Borrow from natureBorrow from nature<div class="ExternalClass1BDAEF8CA0FE4FD8BEA217103408F3EC"><p>​Many decorations can be found by looking no further than your back yard. Pinecones, branches, leaves, and twigs can all be used as decorations. Try using the greenery in nature to make your wreath or centerpiece this year. It’s easy, waste free, and smells good too! </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/borrowfromnature.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/borrowfromnature.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/borrowfromnatureshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Reuse or recycle wrapping paper62http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Reuse or recycle wrapping paperReuse or recycle wrapping paper<div class="ExternalClassDA3FE7BC27FF47F98B52F6A983A9577A"><p>Paper gift wrap can go in your paper recycling if you receive curbside recycling collection. Watch out for gift wrap made of plastic, foil, or with non-paper additives like glitter – these can't be recycled. Visit <a href="http://recyclebc.ca/" target="_blank">recyclebc.ca</a> or check with your municipality for more information.</p><p>Even better – re-use wrapping paper. Carefully flatten and fold large pieces to be used again. (Kids especially won't notice the same paper being used year on year.) Smaller pieces can be used to make gift tags or folded into festive envelopes. Particularly creased pieces can be shredded to provide protective cushioning for gifts throughout the year – or to protect delicate Christmas decorations while in storage.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/usedwrapping.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/usedwrapping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/usedwrappingshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Be kind to your Christmas decorations63http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Be kind to your christmas decorationsBe kind to your Christmas decorations<div class="ExternalClassD69CC5E9551C478BA13A25151A439C24"><p>Store decorations away carefully and you'll be able to use them year on year – meaning less waste going to landfill and reducing your need to buy new stuff.</p><p>You can use shredded wrapping paper or packaging from new toys or gadgets to protect delicate items. Wrap tinsel and strings of Christmas lights around a paper towel tube or a plastic bottle to avoid tangling. Label boxes so you can find them again easily.</p><p>If you don't have any space for storage, don't throw away decorations – pack them away neatly and donate or sell them</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/storechristmasdecoration.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/storechristmasdecoration.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/storechristmasdecorationshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Electronic waste64http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Electronic wasteElectronic waste<div class="ExternalClassB59648E78E8B485E9A0BDCCDFCB73D34"><p>Did you upgrade to the latest model of that gadget this Christmas? Make sure to dispose of your old one properly. Consider selling or donating the item if it still works. </p><p>Recycling electronic items keeps harmful chemicals out of our environment. Anything with a battery or plug can be recycled. And you don’t need to take it apart, just drop it off.</p><p>Find a depot near you at <a href="http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org/" target="_blank">metrovancouverrecycles.org</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/electronicwaste.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/electronicwaste.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/electronicwasteshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Have a swap party65http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Have a swap partyHave a swap party<div class="ExternalClass861017CB2D0D4662B369BC791593846E"><p>You may not be in love with the fringed, mesh muscle shirt that one of your over-zealous co-workers gave you, but someone else might go gaga over it! Planning a swap party is simple – just invite a few favorite friends to bring over their unwanted gifts, serve some yummy snacks and beverages, and let the trading begin!</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/unwantedgifts.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/unwantedgifts.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/unwantedgiftsshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Regifting66http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/RegiftingRegifting<div class="ExternalClassD3FF3575EAAB41D5BF7439C8D183B37E"><p>If you've got a gift that you know someone else will enjoy more than you will, why not give it to them? Start a 'gift drawer' to collect new beautiful items that you can see being perfect for future birthdays, housewarmings, etc. If you're worried about giving a gift back to the gifter, keep a notepad in the drawer and jot down who gave it to you when you add a new item.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/regifting.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/regifting.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/regiftingshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Donate unwanted items67http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Donate unwanted itemsDonate unwanted items<div class="ExternalClass8AD2C4917D2146D38B00154830189EE1"><p>Give away items that you don't want or won't use, or old items that have been replaced by something shiny and new. Make sure the items you donate are clean and in good working condition.</p><p>Dropping items off on the way to do errands is a cinch and in many cases, pickups can be arranged free of charge. Search online for charities or thrift stores that will accept your donations.</p><br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/donate.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/donate.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/donateshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Use up leftovers68http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Use up leftoversUse up leftovers<div class="ExternalClass57ECA1D8FA4847F0B213CAA2775D9F1E"><p>A lot of resources went into preparing your holiday meal – land, water, and energy, not to mention your time and money! Make the most of it by using up all your leftovers.  </p><p>Freeze goodies for later consumption (shortbread tastes delicious in January) or give away leftovers to friends and family. Visit <a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/" target="_blank">lovefoodhatewaste.ca</a> for more ideas and recipes to use up your Christmas leftovers.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/turkeysandwich.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/turkeysandwich.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/turkeysandwichshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Packaging69http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/PackagingPackaging<div class="ExternalClass5E8555ABA7424825B3CA2140B6830462"><p>​Gifts come in all sorts of packaging – plastic, foam, boxes and more. Many of these can be recycled either in your curbside collection or at a depot. Visit  <a href="http://recyclebc.ca/" target="_blank">recyclebc.ca</a> or contact your municipality for specific information.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/packaging.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/packaging.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/packagingshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Reuse or recycle Christmas cards70http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Reuse or recycle christmas cardsReuse or recycle Christmas cards<div class="ExternalClass0DE8A9847DD8441F8D1DEC90CBB55751"><p>Keep your favourite Christmas cards to one side to use as gift tags or recycled decorations next year. Cut others into narrow strips to use as shopping lists – the card is easier to write on than paper when you're on the go. Keep large cards for crafts – for when you need thin but strong card.</p><p>Paper greeting cards can go in your paper recycling if you receive curbside recycling collection. Watch out for cards with non-paper additives like plastic, glitter, sequins, or fabric – these may not be recyclable. Visit <br><a href="http://recyclebc.ca/" target="_blank">recyclebc.ca</a> or check with your municipality for more information.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/christmascards.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/christmascards.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/christmascardsshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Reusable LED candles47http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Reusable candlesReusable LED candles<div class="ExternalClass00A605895520403FB4DEEB1618974E8E"><p>​Who doesn't love the warm winter ambiance created by lighting a few candles? Reusable LED candles are a safer and more eco-friendly option. These look similar to real candles, are made from real wax, and are even designed to flicker in the same way. Make sure to look for rechargeable and reusable LED candles, and to avoid the cheaper disposable ones. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/ledcandles.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/ledcandles.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/ledcandlesshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Green shopping choices48http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Green shoppingGreen shopping choices<div class="ExternalClassD8E7195342B24B96A5F7062B0795B987"><p>​When choosing new decorations, shop for ones that can be used forever. Start small<br>and add to your collection year by year.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/greenshopping.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/greenshopping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/greenshoppingshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Make it a party49http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Make it a partyMake it a party<div class="ExternalClassD3BDE295EBA24A1EB1317B792A19CEB0"><p>​Invite friends and family over to make decorations. It’s amazing the beautiful decorations you can make out of newspaper, magazine pages, toilet paper rolls, and a little ribbon or string. Search online for ‘green Christmas decorations’ – you’ll find simple but great ideas. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/makeitaparty.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/makeitaparty.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/makeitapartyshare.jpg, thumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
The aftermath50http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/AftermathThe aftermath<div class="ExternalClass198B1E08AD744D90AF4BCB10E0CAD001"><p>​Once it's all said and done, you may still have some 'stuff' leftover. Know what packaging and printed paper can go into your recycling bins.</p><p>You can also use <a href="http://metrovancouverrecycles.org/">Metro Vancouver Recycles</a> to find the most convenient locations to donate or recycle just about anything that doesn't go in your blue box. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/aftermath.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/aftermath.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/aftermathshare.jpg, thumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Love Food, Hate Waste51http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Love food hate wasteLove Food, Hate Waste<div class="ExternalClassCE54F169F38D471A9F502989B938E746"><p><a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/about/discussions/dont-waste-it/7/christmas-tips---tips-to-celebrate-with-less-food-waste" target="_blank">Find tips on how to reduce food waste in the first place </a>(and save up to $700 a year) and some great recipe ideas for your leftovers.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/lovefoodhatewaste.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/lovefoodhatewaste.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/lovefoodhatewasteshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3;L0|#046ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3|Food;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Plan your holiday food shopping52http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Holiday food shoppingPlan your holiday food shopping<div class="ExternalClassFD4643B683804B9287CFA3AD70DB262F"><ul><li>Check what you have at home before you shop.</li><li>Make a list and buy only what you need.</li><li>Shop in bulk to reduce packaging and buy the exact amount you need.</li><li>Buy local meat, produce, and condiments.</li><li>Bring your own reusable shopping bags when you go to the store.</li><li>Avoid shopping on an empty stomach.</li></ul><br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/foodshopping.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/foodshopping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/foodshoppingshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3;L0|#046ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3|Food;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Entertain in green53http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/EntertainingEntertain in green<div class="ExternalClass0C5C16C90BE147C2B085270A91E96438"><ul><li>Skip the paper napkins in favour of a reusable cloth material.</li><li>Use reusable containers for leftovers instead of plastic wrap or tin foil.</li><li>Suggest that your dinner guest bring their own reusable containers to take leftovers home.</li><li>Remember to compost any unusable food scraps.</li></ul><br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/entertainingreen.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/entertainingreen.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/entertaininggreenshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3;L0|#046ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3|Food;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Curate a collection54http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Curate a collectionCurate a collection<div class="ExternalClass9942E74D01824697BC8E3087B54DE129"><p>​When buying new decorations, choose quality items you’ll want to use year after year. Mix these in with homemade and nostalgic items to build a collection of decorations you love.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/curateacollection.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/curateacollection.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/curateacollectionshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Recycle old christmas lights55http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Recycling old christmas lightRecycle old christmas lights<div class="ExternalClass3A63AF668CFC4377A76E861B2D4285EF"><p>​Old, broken Christmas lights can be recycled. Find a facility that accepts them on <a href="http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org/">MetroVancouver Recycles.</a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/recycleoldlights.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/recycleoldlights.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/recycleoldlightsshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Recycled cardboard tree56http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Recycled cardboard treeRecycled cardboard tree<div class="ExternalClass886DBD08B299441E9F6F1F167E5E8BD2"><p>​Instead of chopping down a perfectly healthy tree, how about using an already-dead one?</p><p>By recycling some old cardboard boxes, you’ll end up with a minimalistic 3D tree that can be decorated with lights and<br>baubles just like any other. Find instructions <a href="https://geekdad.com/2013/12/make-cardboard-christmas-tree">here.</a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/cardboardtree.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/cardboardtree.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/cardboardtreeshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Alternative Christmas tree57http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Alternative christmas treeAlternative Christmas tree<div class="ExternalClass97CC49A9CC17403487EE3730B36CCAD1"><p>​If you’re looking to move away from a traditional tree this Christmas, see what materials you have around the house and exercise some creative muscle. You can make a festive tree out of books, a ladder, or picture frames. See more unique ideas <a href="http://tiphero.com/26-unique-christmas-trees">here</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/alternativetree.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/alternativetree.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/alternativetreeshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Turn old toys into ornaments58http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Turn old toys into ornamentsTurn old toys into ornaments<div class="ExternalClassB4C9ED88672449E8B88F7AA220BCD474"><p>​Transform old toys into nostalgic Christmas tree decorations. Ask the kids to help pick out which toys to use. To hang, use a needle and embroidery thread to stitch through soft toys, insert screw eyes into wooden toys, or wind embroidery thread through an opening or around a narrow part of the toy.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/turnoldtoys.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/turnoldtoys.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/turnoldtoysshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Recycled giftwrap garland59http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Recycled giftwrap garlandRecycled giftwrap garland<div class="ExternalClassDA75D20FED3B4A4DB6A72DAF28EF885C"><p>​Instead of throwing them out, gather up old holiday gift bags, bits of wrapping paper and greeting cards. Cut out circles and string them together to create a festive garland. Get instructions <a href="http://www.pleasenotepaper.com/2011/12/diy-recycled-new-years-garland.html">here</a>. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/giftwrapgarland.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/giftwrapgarland.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/giftwrapgarlandshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Upcycle socks60http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Upcycle socksUpcycle socks<div class="ExternalClassFEB04EE307E94539A5012E752D60C7FF"><div><p>​Turn outgrown baby socks into a sweet<a href="https://www.marthastewart.com/270492/baby-sock-advent-calendar"> advent calendar</a>. Or, re-purpose bigger wool socks into stockings. </p></div></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/upcyclesocks.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/upcyclesocks.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/upcyclesocksshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
O Christmas tree61http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/O Christmas treeO Christmas tree<div class="ExternalClass820F525DEE6740A3ACB21CE58CEFD345"><p>Real tree? Remove all the ornaments, including tinsel, and bring it to a transfer station where it will be composted along with other yard waste. Find a location on <a href="http://mvrecycles.org/">mvrecycles.org</a> (search “Christmas Tree”). Or check your municipality’s website for local chip-ups. Next year, consider renting a potted tree for the holidays.</p><p>Artificial tree? Pack it away carefully to use next year. If you need to get rid of it, consider selling or donating it.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/oldchristmastree.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/oldchristmastree.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/oldchristmastreeshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#46d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743;L0|#046d680e0-cced-4e55-8c23-61b87e385743|After Christmas;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Local food event252http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Local food eventLocal food event<div class="ExternalClass037CB7C197D5484586521882D1B4E42F"><p>Supporting local food producers reduces CO2 emissions and preserves green space, whether it's shopping at the local farmers' market or dining at a 'localvore' hotspot.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/localfoodevent.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/localfoodevent.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/localfoodeventshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#28775d06-ebb2-48e3-9447-ab1cd3cffa8e;L0|#028775d06-ebb2-48e3-9447-ab1cd3cffa8e|Experiences;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Fabrics71http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/FabricsFabrics<div class="ExternalClass542B51E34CDD43EA8E0B641F75BB4402"><p>​The perfect reusable material for wrapping presents. You can find fabrics in a variety of colours and patterns, just like wrapping paper, and you likely already have lots of fabrics lying around the house. Look for tablecloths, tea towels, pillowcases, sheets or even socks. For ideas on how to wrap using fabrics, check out the Japanese art of <a href="https://www.google.ca/search?q=Furoshiki&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjns7e99qXPAhUBymMKHcqgBAcQvwUIGygA&biw=1202&bih=804">furoshiki</a>, which uses just a few simple folds and a knot.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/fabrics.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/fabrics.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/fabricsshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Wrap without tape85http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Wrap without tapeWrap without tape<div class="ExternalClassA3A7664EB8404A3D8E554CD7B7DF4889"><p>​Tape is so convenient. If you’re trying to celebrate the holidays with less plastic, it can be hard to find a less wasteful option. Try this when wrapping gifts: leave the sides of the paper extra-long, so that when folded in they can be tied with string or a ribbon and still stay securely.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/wrapwithouttape.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/wrapwithouttape.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/wrapwithouttapeshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Newspaper72http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/NewspaperNewspaper<div class="ExternalClass370BD555AF054BD1B0824617308B1FE7"><p>​Do you get the newspaper delivered to your home? Consider saving a few weeks’ worth for your holiday wrapping. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/newspaper.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/newspaper.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/newspapershare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Brown paper bags73http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Brown paper bagsBrown paper bags<div class="ExternalClassE75A772FC9D447F18E67423666DDBB1C"><p>​Collect these from the supermarket for the weeks leading into the holidays. All you have to do is cut along the seams of the bag, lay it flat like you would with wrapping paper, and voila! Use colourful twine or string, colouring felts, paint or stickers to turn it into something unique and beautiful. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/brownpaperbag.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/brownpaperbag.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/brownpaperbagshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Old maps74http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Old mapsOld maps<div class="ExternalClass02B6F69346ED407F9D4EAB5ECF8BC816"><p>​Not many of us are relying on paper maps these days. But wait, don't get rid of these just yet, as they are a colourful source of large paper sheets that can be repurposed for gift wrapping. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/oldmaps.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/oldmaps.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/oldmapsshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Calendars75http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CalendarsCalendars<div class="ExternalClassD59A4AB216F64F57A3859E4A8A4360EE"><p>​Calendars become outdated after 365 days. Hold on to your old calendars from last year. You won’t even need much decorating since many have beautiful pictures and artwork already.  </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/calendar.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/calendar.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/calendarshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Save your wrapping paper76http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Save paperSave your wrapping paper<div class="ExternalClass0F5D7A619B2249C59967E54F3EA9061F"><p>​If you are planning to use gift-wrap, try reusing old wrapping paper from last year. If you need to purchase gift-wrap, look for wrap made from recycled paper.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/savewrapping.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/savewrapping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/savewrapping.jpg, thumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Boxes77http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/BoxesBoxes<div class="ExternalClass73D47E7B53D84D858F6748BBDCD70518"><p>​Why do we feel the need to use wrapping paper if we’re already putting the gift in a box? Boxes are a stylish and easy option for your gift wrapping needs, and many of them already have lovely patterns printed on them. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/boxes.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/boxes.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/boxesshare.jpg, thumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Gift bags78http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Gift bagsGift bags<div class="ExternalClass01129BF96F5541CCA72570B6E53FF1E0"><p>​Start a new gift wrapping tradition by making gift bags that be reused every year. These can come in a variety of material types and styles: paper, fabric, tote, fiber & mesh, shopping, twisted handle, etc. You probably already have a few lying around the house. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/giftbags.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/giftbags.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/giftbagsshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Clay flower pots79http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Clay potsClay flower pots<div class="ExternalClass83609611DABE4060AFDEC99AAC71DC13"><p>​A gift within a gift. Look for pots that come with the saucer for catching water, as this makes a great lid. Place your gift inside and secure with string, twine or ribbon. The gift package can be used again for gardening come summer time. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/claypot.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/claypot.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/claypotshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Don't wrap it80http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Do not wrapDon't wrap it<div class="ExternalClass93E658255EC44030917EA46CD97C384D"><p>It’s usually pretty obvious when you wrap up a baseball bat for the Babe Ruth in your life. Embrace the obvious, omit the paper, and jazz it up with a reusable ribbon or a bow. See our <br> <a href="/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce2?category=Decorating">Decorating section</a> for tips that use less waste. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/dontwrapit.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/dontwrapit.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/dontwrapitshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Jars81http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/JarsJars<div class="ExternalClass9FA8CD6B2ECB48108DC8C3D88D6EF93D"><p>​Reusable containers such as a mason, pasta, jam or soup jars make great vessels for your edible holiday gifts. Check out our <a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/">Love Food Hate Waste</a> page for more great tips how to store food and make it last longer.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/jars.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/jars.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/jarsshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Coffee cans82http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Coffee cansCoffee cans<div class="ExternalClass3CCF93AFAABE41258ADC094F6FD187CC"><p>Hang on to your empty food cans throughout the year. These air-tight containers make the perfect package for your tasty Christmas treats. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/coffeecan.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/coffeecan.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/coffeecanshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Paper bags83http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/Paper bagsPaper bags<div class="ExternalClass9898B56BE9D1466F86FB88B625702184"><p>​Baked goods can easily go into a paper bag. Sounds a little unappealing? Punch a few holes in the top, wrap it with some nice twine or a ribbon, and add some greenery to jazz it up and make it look beautiful. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/paperbags.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/paperbags.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/paperbagshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Food storage84http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/TupperwareFood storage<div class="ExternalClass150FF78EF132406289D302549323AFE6"><p>​Got a few extra food storage containers in the bottom drawer? Use these to package up leftovers for your guests, or for your delectable food gifts. <span aria-hidden="true"></span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/tupperware.jpg, Picture http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/tupperware.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/CreateMemoriesImages/tupperwareshare.jpg, ThumbGP0|#1d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d;L0|#01d50762c-7b94-4778-96a0-f129f17f384d|Wrap with less;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089