Make your holiday season a green one

Wrapping paper isn’t accepted by most recycling facilities (including CVWMA) because it contaminates the recycling process. “But why?”, you ask. It’s because wrapping paper is not accepted by some recycled paper mills. There are a number of reasons for this. Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver colored shapes, glitter, plastics, etc which cannot be recycled. Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling. A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.

Instead of using wrapping paper this year, try something different. Create some great looks and reuse items found around your house.

  • Bows
  • Bags
  • Fabrics
  • Newspaper comics
  • Magazines
  • Decorative boxes
  • These scrap items can be used to make that gift even more special. Some of these items can also be reused year after year.

    Make sure you recycle all of those cardboard boxes that the toys and other presents come in. The plastic bags that most toys and electronics come in can also be recycled at facilities that recycle plastic grocery bags.

    And if you get a new computer, cell phone, digital camera, or other electronics, don’t just throw out the old ones. Bring your old electronics to a company like Best Buy, who has a great e-cycling program.

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