(A slightly updated version of the column that is published every year at this time.)
The holiday season is a busy time at the Recycling Centre. Festivities and gift giving creates 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 #3 and #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, 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(PETE) or #5(PP) 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 or similar service. Or give it away.
Electronics such as computers and parts, sound systems, televisions, gaming systems, telephones and microwaves can be recycled. Check the list at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca.
A donation to the SPCA, Food bank or another charity in honour of someone on your list makes our community / world a better place without creating waste.
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.