How To Go Green During the Holidays: Tips for Recycling Everything From Cell Phones to Christmas Trees
Original Release: 12/16/2015
Want to make the season bright? Recycle broken holiday lights. Not sure what to do with those piles of old holiday cards? Send them to a children's charity that will give them a second life as art.
The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District is encouraging residents to "Go Green For The Holidays" with easy tips for reducing, reusing and recycling:
For more information on these tips and many more ways to go green this holiday season, visit http://www.cuyahogaswd.org/ or contact Cristie Snyder at (216) 443-3707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bring broken, burned out holiday lights to the District.
Through January 15, the District will accept broken, burned out or tangled strings of holiday lights for recycling. Simply drop unwanted light strings, power cords and power strips in the marked box in the District's office lobby at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. County offices are closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
- BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)
During the nation's busiest shopping season, bring your own shopping bags to reduce waste and free up your home recycling bin. Folded, reusable shopping bags also make great stocking stuffers and gift bags, too.
- Recycle old cell phones and other electronics at retailer near you.
Each year 130 million cell phones are thrown out - that's about 65,000 tons. If you are getting or gifting a new smartphone this year, drop off its predecessor at any AT&T, Best Buy, Staples, Verizon or other retailer that offers in-store recycling services.
- Recycle old holiday cards, or send them to St. Jude's Ranch.
Send your cards to St. Jude's Ranch at: https://stjudesranch.org/about-us/recycled-card-program/, a nonprofit home for youth that collects old holiday cards for reuse. Children at St. Jude's earn money by creating new holiday cards from the old. You can also include some holiday cards in with your city's regular mixed paper recycling program; do not include foil, ribbon, or photo cards.
- Don't pitch your Christmas tree - recycle it.
Nearly 10 million Christmas trees end up in the landfill after the holidays each year. While your tree won't fit in the recycling bin with your newspapers and bottles, you can still recycle it. Many cities in Cuyahoga County offer programs to turn your tree to mulch or wood chips.
The Solid Waste Management District is a public agency that works to promote environmentally-sustainable and economical solid waste management practices within the communities, institutions and businesses of Cuyahoga County.