Note- This column is 'recycled' every Christmas with just a few changes.
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 plastic containers with 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.
Things that belong in the garbage are: gift wrap, ribbons, envelopes with foil or plastic liners, food containers made of cardboard and metal, all Styrofoam, plastic bags and wrap, plastic packaging with no number, disposable plates , utensils and coffee cups.
Check plastic cups as many are #1 or #5 which can be recycled.
We cannot recycle Christmas decorations including Christmas lights.
Check the website www.flinflonrecycling.org or call 204 687 6169 for more information.
Reduce waste by using/ 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 these items to a second hand store or advertise them on Trader’s Post, Kijiji, or similar service. Or give it away.
Electronics such as computers and their parts, sound systems, televisions, gaming systems, telephones and microwaves can be recycled. Check the list at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca.
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.