When it comes to the holidays, we all expect to eat too much and enjoy opening and giving gifts. The holiday season is a great time to spend with family and friends, but it can also be a time when your home fills up with clutter! With gift giving, we often end up with more holiday packaging than actual gifts! So how can you recycle holiday packaging to ease your paper burden? Below are a few tips to help you learn just what to do with all the paper and packaging that comes along with the holidays.
Set up a Recycle Area
You know that with the holidays, you should expect an overabundance of cardboard boxes, gift bags, and wrapping paper. To be able to easily recycle such holiday packaging, set up a recycling area. Have a bin handy that will hold the items will be carted off to a recycling centre. With cardboard boxes, take a little time to break down the box to a flat size. Flattening large boxes will help you to place more items in the bin for recycling. This way, you have all your recyclables in one place for easy transport!
Unfortunately, most wrapping paper cannot be recycled, but it can be reused. Fold up salvageable wrapping paper and tissue paper as small as possible to fit it all into a storage bin for next year.
For some of your holiday packaging, you can reuse it! If you receive gift bags, open the gifts carefully and then flatten the bags for storing. You can easily reuse these gift bags next year as you pass out presents. Be sure to remove any gift tags carefully when reusing old bags! With used wrapping paper, consider keeping the smoother portions to use as tissue paper for next Christmas, yet another way to recycle those holiday packaging materials!
Call in Backup
When the holiday packaging gets out of hand, call in the experts. Junk removal companies such as Kloos Hauling can help you by picking up your waste items and taking them to the appropriate disposal centre for you. This service helps you to avoid trying to carry the mountain of packaging left over after the holidays, and means you don’t have to venture out in the cold!