* This is a slightly different version of the one published last year.
The holiday season is a busy time at the Recycling Centre. Festivities and gift giving leaves lots of waste. Much of it can be recycled. Some things cannot.
The usual things are recyclable: 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.
Food and drink containers should not be drippy, sticky or gooey.
Eligible electronics can be recycled. Check the list at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca.
Things that belong in the garbage are: gift wrap, ribbons, envelopes with foil or plastic liners, coffee tins made of cardboard and metal, Styrofoam (including packing peanuts), plastic bags and wrap, plastic packaging with no number, disposable plates and 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 the old 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.