Create memories, not garbage.

After Christmas

Once the holidays are over, reduce, reuse and recycle what you can to minimize your holiday waste.


 

 

 

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
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