'Tis the Season to Recycle or Donate - Holiday Lights

Donate decorations or lights. As Thanksgiving winds down and holidayunnamed decorations go up, you may have decorations or lights that you do not plan to use this year. Instead of throwing them away, donate the items to a local non-profit or check out this list of locations accepting holiday lights for recycling or the below locations: Reduce food waste. In Franklin County, over a million pounds of food waste enters the landfill every day. Save money – and space in the landfill – by preparing only the food needed.

Have leftovers? Freeze leftovers to enjoy later or get creative and keep leftovers longer by using them in new or ask guests to bring their own reusable containers to take home leftover food. 

Show where to throw. While hosting friends and family this year, make sure they know where to discard recyclable materials. Keep recycling containers in a visible location and consider attaching a sign that shows guests what can be recycled and what should be placed in the trash. 

Recycle Right. Online shopping is convenient, but it creates a lot of waste. Break down cardboard boxes before you discard them and keep recyclables loose in the curbside recycling cart to ensure materials can reach their potential as new products for future use.

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