15 Dec The Top 5 Items That Are Recycled the Most After Christmas
The Top 5 Items That Are Recycled the Most After Christmas
Christmas is a time for caring, sharing, and spending time with those we love most. From exchanging gifts to eating a wholesome feast, there are many festive traditions well worth celebrating each year. However, one of the big setbacks from the holiday season is the amount of waste that gathers.
With all the food, drink, presents, and decorations, it’s little surprise that so much waste accumulates. Given the increase in domestic recycling, it’s great to see many people are avoiding throwing every Christmas related item in the trash, and instead choosing to recycle what they can.
Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 items that are recycled the most after Christmas – make sure you recycle them yourself!
1. Real Christmas Trees
While artificial trees still can’t be recycled, there is an increase in people choosing to recycle real Christmas trees. With the increased availability of Christmas tree recycling, it’s never been easier for people to get rid of their tree in an eco-friendly manner. The wood from Christmas trees is certainly put to good use when recycled – some counties even offer curbside pick-ups!
2. Christmas Cards
Recycling Christmas cards is a long-standing practice in many households, with these items being some of the easiest to recycle. There are fewer holiday items easier to recycle than Christmas cards, being suitable for most general recycling.
3. Christmas Lights
With an increase in energy efficient LED Christmas lights, many people are now choosing to recycle older lights. It’s not the easiest item to recycle however, but many home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s now accept old Christmas lights for recycling.
Christmas dinner is always exciting, with plenty of festive offerings such as turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and plenty of vegetables – not to mention dessert! Yet even the largest families with many mouths to feed can end up with leftover food, much of which needs throwing out a few days after Christmas.
Thankfully, many people are now choosing to recycle their leftovers from Christmas – providing they aren’t eaten the next day! Food recycling has come leaps and bounds in recent years, and many are taking note and recycling their Christmas food items that would traditionally be thrown in the trash.
5. Carboard and Plastic Packaging
Many gifts exchanged during Christmas come with carboard and plastic packaging. From kid’s toys to electronics for adults, most people celebrating Christmas end up with a stack of plastic and carboard packaging.
These are among the most recycled Christmas items, with many people taking advantage of how easy it is to recycle cardboard and most plastics.
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