If you celebrate Christmas, your home is likely filled with festive decorations right now.
But what do you do with all that décor after the holidays are over? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate an extra 1 million tons of household waste between Thanksgiving and New Year. That’s a massive amount of trash that ends up in landfills.
YOU can easily help reduce that number—because as it turns out, most of your holiday items don’t have to be sent to the dump! Here are four earth-friendly ways you can recycle your holiday décor this year.
RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE OR WREATH
Did you know that for over a decade, the owner of the Rockefeller Center in New York City has donated their highly celebrated Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees to Habitat for Humanity? They’re milled and used to build Habitat homes for families in need.
If you live in the Fargo-Moorhead area, you can recycle your live tree!
- During the week of January 7, place your real trees and wreaths next to your household garbage to be collected. A special truck will pick them up and they’ll be made into mulch.
- You can also bring your trees and wreaths to the Fargo City Landfill (4501 7th Ave. N).
RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
If you have strings of LED or screw-in type lights, you can recycle them at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Fargo (606 43 ½ St. N) through the end of January.
Drop them off for no charge, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rope lights are not accepted.
RECYCLE YOUR WRAPPING PAPER AND CARDS
Your plain wrapping paper is totally recyclable, as long as it’s not metallic, glittery or velvety (these materials clog up paper mill machines). Toss it in your paper recycling bin—the tape can even be left on!
You can also recycle your plain paper Christmas cards. If you have leftover bows, ribbons or gift bags, save them and reuse them next year!
DONATE YOUR OTHER DECORATIONS
For decorations you can’t recycle but don’t want to keep, donate them to your favorite local thrift store. Remember what they say: One person’s holiday trash is another person’s holiday treasure!
Happy holidays (and happy recycling) from ReStore!
Our hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org, or find us on Facebook under Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore.