How to Responsibly Dispose of Seasonal Waste

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. However, it is also a time of increased waste production, which can have negative impacts on the environment. Fortunately, there are ways to responsibly dispose of seasonal waste. In this post, we will provide you with a holiday recycling guide to help you reduce, reuse, and recycle during this festive period.

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1. Reduce seasonal waste

The best way to minimize waste is to reduce it. Start by making a list and planning your holiday shopping carefully. Consider buying gifts that are durable, of good quality, and have minimal packaging. Also, opt for digital holiday cards instead of sending out paper cards. This simple change can save a lot of trees, energy, and materials.

2. Reuse

Before throwing away your decorations, consider reusing them next year. Store them in a dry and secure place that is easily accessible. Also, reuse gift wrapping paper and ribbons, or switch to reusable gift bags that can be used for many years to come. If you receive gift boxes, save them for next year’s presents.

3. Recycle

Proper recycling is essential to prevent waste from ending up in landfills or polluting our environment. At Greyhound we accept an extra bag of recycling on your collection after Christmas.

For larger items check with your local recycling center to find out what can and cannot be recycled in your area. For example, most paper products like cards, envelopes, and wrapping paper can be recycled. Also, recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass containers.

4. Compost

Food waste is a significant contributor to increased waste production during the holidays. Instead of throwing leftovers in the trash, consider starting a compost pile in your backyard. Composting will not only reduce waste but also provide nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

5. Donate

Lastly, consider donating used items such as clothing, toys, and furniture to local charities or shelters. Your donation can help those in need and reduce waste at the same time.


Christmas is a time to celebrate with loved ones and spread cheer. However, it is also a time of increased waste production, which can harm the environment. By reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, and donating, we can make a significant impact and protect our planet. So go ahead and enjoy the season, but do it responsibly by following our holiday recycling guide. Happy Christmas!