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.


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Borrow from Nature1http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/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/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/borrowfromnature.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/borrowfromnature.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/borrowfromnature.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/borrowfromnatureshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/borrowfromnatureshare.jpgGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Reusable LED Candles2http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/Reusable candlesReusable LED Candles<div class="ExternalClass5D814F17BF0946C9B299CC5BB6E89DAD">​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. </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/ledcandles.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/ledcandles.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/ledcandles.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/ledcandlesshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/ledcandlesshare.jpgGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Green Shopping Choices3http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/Green shoppingGreen Shopping Choices<div class="ExternalClassD8E7195342B24B96A5F7062B0795B987">​When choosing new decorations, shop for ones that can be used forever. Start small and add to your collection year by year. <br><br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/greenshopping.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/greenshopping.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/greenshopping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/greenshoppingshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/greenshoppingshare.jpgGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Make It a Party4http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/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/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/makeitaparty.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/makeitaparty.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/makeitaparty.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/makeitapartyshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/makeitapartyshare.jpgGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
The Aftermath5http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/AftermathThe Aftermath<div class="ExternalClassB370C0754D054F7BA09B4C1E3B0B7861">​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. 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. </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/aftermath.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/aftermath.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/aftermath.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/aftermathshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/aftermathshare.jpgGP0|#15d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d;L0|#015d72c3a-bae1-402d-b8b6-10579e614e6d|Decorating;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Love Food, Hate Waste6http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/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><p> <span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:11pt;"> <br></span></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/lovefoodhatewaste.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/lovefoodhatewaste.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/lovefoodhatewaste.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/lovefoodhatewasteshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/lovefoodhatewasteshare.jpgGP0|#46ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3;L0|#046ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3|Food;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Plan Your Holiday Food Shopping7http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/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> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/foodshopping.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/foodshopping.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/foodshopping.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/foodshoppingshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/foodshoppingshare.jpgGP0|#46ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3;L0|#046ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3|Food;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089
Entertain in Green8http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/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> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/entertainingreen.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/entertainingreen.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/entertainingreen.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/entertaininggreenshare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/projects-initiatives/create-memories/tips-to-reduce/TipPhotos/entertaininggreenshare.jpgGP0|#46ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3;L0|#046ca4777-c0b5-4262-a8a7-1eb85c7d68a3|Food;GTSet|#a9923e58-f557-4ae8-9322-43b8e31fd089