Author's note: This is the same column published last year with a few small changes as nothing has changed.
The holiday season is a busy time at the Recycling Centre. Festivities and gift giving usually result in lots of waste. Many items are recyclable. Many are not.
The usual things can be recycled: beverage containers, cardboard, boxboard, all plastics containers that have a number in the recycling symbol except #6 (PS), Christmas cards, tin cans, batteries, newspapers and fliers, catalogues, magazines and office paper.
Eligible electronics can be recycled. Check the list at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca.
All food and drink containers should rinsed/drained so they are not drippy, sticky or gooey.
Things that belong in the garbage are: gift wrap, ribbons, envelopes with foil or plastic liners, containers made of cardboard and metal, Styrofoam (including packing peanuts), plastic bags and wrap, plastic packaging with no number, disposable plates, cups including coffee cups.
We cannot recycle Christmas decorations including Christmas lights.
Call the Recycling Centre with any questions at 204 687 6169.
Reduce waste by using and reusing gift bags and enjoying each other’s company while washing dishes instead of using disposable ones.
Gifts often replace something that is still usable. Take the time to find a new home for these items. There are many ways to do this. Take it to a second hand store or advertise it on Trader’s Post, Kijiji, or similar service. Or give it away.
Consider giving something that makes the world a better place and creates very little waste. Many charities have special projects you can contribute to in honour of someone on your list.
This season as always, remember that everything we have comes from the earth. As you treat each other to Christmas cheer and kindness, remember to also be kind to Mother Earth.