Green Holiday Guide – at a Glance…

Pre-Christmas:

-Bring reusable shopping bags with you to stores
-Keep giving experiences & memories in mind instead of buying “stuff” that may end up in the trash
-Purchase handmade durable and reusable decorations &/or gifts from a local charity or craft fair
-Use newspaper or comics, or wrap gifts with reusable cloth bags, clothing items, or towels
-Consider buying a potted tree that can be transplanted into your garden after Christmas
-Use a timer on your tree lights so you’re not wasting electricity while sleeping or away from home
-Bring old Xmas lights to RMRS bins at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre, the Pitt Meadows Family Rec Centre, or the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot for recycling

 

Gift Wrap:

Pay attention to what kind of gift wrap you buy – plastic gift wrap or foil printed paper is NOT recyclable. Only buy paper wrap that can be put in the yellow recycling bag.

When UN-wrapping gifts, pay attention to what will happen to the gift wrap. If you unwrap presents carefully, most wrap can be reused for many years to come. Remove ALL ribbons, bows, and other decorations to store and use again next Christmas.

 

Hosting Parties or Events

-Use reusable plates & cutlery (& napkins!) if possible
-Pack leftovers in reusable containers (you can even give these to guests to take home…)
-Compost all food scraps & paper napkins

Recycle Curbside:
Red Box – Plastic Packaging: plastic bags (put together in one bag), trays, packaging & containers
Blue Box – Cans & Cartons: eggnog cartons, ice cream cartons, tin cans, aluminum foil & pie pans
Grey Box – Glass: glass apple cider jugs, wine bottles
Yellow Bag – ALL Paper & Cardboard: PAPER gift wrap, cardboard packaging, paper gift bags, paper coffee cups
NO: -NO ribbons or bows -NO foil or plastic wrapping -NO chip bags

 

After Xmas

-Bring your live trees to be chipped or composted at the green waste drop-off area of the Transfer Station
-Recycle all accepted paper & plastic packaging curbside or at the Recycling Depot

Recycle at the Depot:
-Old or broken… electronics & media (DVDs, CDs, cords, chargers, speakers, hard drives, USB drives, & earbuds), cell phones, batteries, small appliances (coffee makers, slow cookers, microwaves, toaster ovens), electric guitars or keyboards, other electronic toys, Xmas lights
-Styrofoam packaging (no peanuts)
-Unused paint & paint cans, aerosol paints
-All lamps & lightbulbs

 

For more information, phone us at 604-463-5545, visit our website at www.rmrecycling.org or “Like” us on Facebook. Or, join our mailing list to stay up-to date on all our new programs, schedules, and events!

Happy Holidays from Ridge Meadows Recycling Society staff, board members, Supported Work Program participants, and volunteers!