4 Tips for Waste Management During the Holidays

December 20th, 2018 by rosario

 

a pile of pine branches next to a row of dumpsters in a snowy parking lot

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. The malls, the streets, the houses, and everything in between is starting to get decorated for the holidays. Mistletoe, holly, tinsel, Christmas trees, wrapping paper, and bows are strewn around the houses as they’re lit up with lights and other decorations, but where does it all go once the holidays are over? December and January are the two months that people accumulate the most waste on average, and it can be difficult managing all of it. Trying to gather all of your garbage or recycling and figuring out what to do with it can be stressful. That’s why we decided to give you some tips on how exactly to manage your waste this holiday season.

Recycle Your Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is one of the biggest sources of waste during the holiday season. Everybody loves the feeling of unveiling a present on Christmas morning by ripping the wrapping paper off, but nobody knows quite what to do with it once it’s off. One of the best things to do is to save as much as you can. Save the little pieces of paper you cut while wrapping presents and use them to wrap small presents. Try saving gift bags once they’ve been used and keep the ribbon and bows to use for future presents. If you don’t have the space to save them or the scraps simply aren’t reusable, most townships and cities allow you to recycle your wrapping paper. Just put it in your bin on recycling night or bring it to the local recycling center.

What to Do With Your Christmas Tree

One of the biggest pieces of waste after the holiday season, the Christmas tree conundrum comes up every January. The truth is, there are plenty of ways to deal with your bare Christmas tree once you’re finished with it. Some towns will pick it up with yard waste if you’re able to chop it up in pieces shorter than 4 feet. Some people will let the tree dry out completely and use it as kindling in their fireplace. You can also go the traditional route and utilize the garbage pickups. Most towns will have specific days for Christmas tree pick up. There are even some organizations that accept old Christmas tree donations to use in fish and animal habitats. Whichever route you go, there are plenty of different ways to dispose of your tree.

Have a Wasteless Christmas

The number one way to manage your waste this holiday season is to not create any, or at least to minimize the amount that you do create. One way to do this is by forgoing the more commercial gifts and give handmade or more sentimental gifts. Bulky gifts from the stores typically have a large amount of packaging, cardboard, and styrofoam that can create a lot of waste that you can’t recycle. You can also choose to use different ways of wrapping, like using newspaper or reusable gift bags. Avoid the Christmas tree questions by buying a fake tree that is not only more eco friendly, but cleaner and cheaper in the long run. Don’t let the season of giving become the season of wasting and try to create as little waste as possible.

Renting a Dumpster

Dumpsters come in all different sizes, but most people seem to think that a dumpster would be too large for their needs. In fact, a 10 yard container would be perfect for most people this holiday season. You don’t have to stress about separating different recyclables or keeping the clutter in your house. You can rent a dumpster and have it placed right in your driveway and walk your waste right outside once you’re finished. Simply rent your dumpster ahead of time and keep all of your waste outside, leaving plenty of space for your family and friends to come over and stay over.

Dumpster Rental in New Jersey

The holidays are upon us! Don’t get caught unprepared to deal with the waste of the holidays, go in with a game plan. If your game plan just so happens to be renting a dumpster, then choosing Cali Carting is your next step. With 25 years of experience, Cali Carting has become the most trusted waste management service in New Jersey and with good reason. We are committed to customer satisfaction, timeliness, and excellent service every time. Along with dumpster rentals, we offer a variety of different services, including providing trash compactors, route services, and more. Operating out of Kearny, Cali Carting proudly serves all of New Jersey from the top of Sussex County to the bottom of Cape May County. Don’t wait, contact Cali Carting today and enjoy a hassle free holiday season.

Tree Trash: How to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree (and Other Holiday Waste)

December 14th, 2015 by rosario

 

Tis’ the season to be jolly, eat great food, share gifts, and decorate every inch of your home as festive as possible. Unfortunately, the festivities of Christmas and the holiday season also lead to a significant increase in waste generated by Americans. From Thanksgiving to New Year, American’s waste production increases by more than 25%. That increase equals out to about one million extra tons of trash over just a six week span. This huge increase of waste includes everything from food waste, to wrapping paper, to packaging from gifts. Historically, about 33% of the waste generated during the holiday season ends up being disposed properly, but Cali Carting would like to see that figure increase. Follow these tips on reducing the amount of waste your household produces during the holidays and together, we can make a difference in the huge uptick of recyclable items that end up filling up landfills throughout the Tri-State.

Real Christmas Trees

Many Americans have made the switch from a real Christmas tree to an artificial one. They may think they are being environmentally conscious by not cutting down a tree, but in actuality, there is nearly half a million acres of farm land in the United States alone that are dedicated to growing Christmas trees. These trees are grown for the sole purpose of being cut down and brought into a home to be decorated by families. After each tree is cut down, Christmas tree farmers will plant 3-4 new trees for a future crop. Once the holidays have passed and it’s time to get rid of your tree, there are plenty of ways to ensure that the tree has an additional use beyond the joy it brought your family. Trees can be mulched down or buried for compost, used in community parks to line walkways, and even used on beaches to help prevent erosion of important sand dunes.

Send the Party Home with More than they Came With

Anyone who has hosted a holiday party can tell you that the amount of leftovers that the host ends up with can take over an entire refrigerator, and can do some serious harm to that diet that was part of a New Year’s resolution.  One of the best ways to make sure that the host doesn’t get stuck with tons of leftovers from their holiday gathering is to send guests home with doggy bags filled with treats and leftovers from the party. Instead of just dumping all of the food in the trash, guests can make the most of the leftovers in whatever way they wish.

Wrap Intelligently

One of the biggest chores of the holiday season is making sure that every gift is perfectly wrapped and presented before it’s given to the recipient. The gift wrapping industry is a multi-million dollar industry for a reason, and sales of wrapping paper often end up being one of the leading products of the holiday season. What many are unaware of is that most wrapping paper is not recyclable, especially those shiny wrapping papers that lots of people love. Take a proactive approach to wrapping gifts this year by pairing up multiple gifts in one piece of wrapping paper instead of wrapping each gift individually. Another great alternative is to find other ways to wrap gifts, like using the comic pages, pages from old books, or newspaper clippings that will add a unique look to your gifts while remaining eco-friendly.

Look for Gifts with Minimal Packaging

This Christmas morning, after all the gifts have been opened, take a look around the room and check out which pile is larger…the pile of wrapping paper or the pile of packaging from the gifts that were received by everyone. Experts estimate that over 80 million tons of packaging waste is produced in the United States each year. When shopping for gifts this year, try to find items that don’t come in a huge cardboard box with multiple pieces of plastic to hold the item in the box. Roughly 50% of this packaging waste makes it into a recyclable plant, but during the holidays, it becomes significantly less because of the volume of waste that our garbage crews deal with.

Enjoying the holiday season is everyone’s goal, and taking a small role in ensuring that your neighborhood, town, county, country, and planet are a little bit cleaner is one of the best gifts that you can give to the environment. Cali Carting wishes you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season filled with memorable times spent with family and friends.

4 Unbelievable Facts about Holiday Consumption

December 14th, 2015 by rosario

 

As the nation scrambles to get ready for the holiday season, millions of Americans will head out to stores to buy gifts, purchase food for meals, and stock up on decorations and wrapping paper to really pull everything together. What many do not realize is that the result of the holiday rush on our landfills and recycling centers is an increase of over twenty-five percent in a five to six-week time span. That increase breaks down to over one million extra tons of waste each holiday season! Check out some of these astonishing facts and figures about the waste produced during the holiday season, and maybe it will help you begin to take steps to reducing your consumption and footprint this winter.

 

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Christmas Cards

Sure, with the wide spread use of internet on computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, the amount of paper cards that are sent has reduced significantly over the last twenty years, but would you believe that there are still over two billion holiday cards sent each year? The amount of paper used for all of these cards is enough to fill a football field with paper stacked ten stories high. To really put that into perspective, if every American family sent one less card during the holidays, over fifty thousand cubic yards of paper could be saved.

Reduce the Ribbon

Wrapping all of the gifts for the holidays usually takes a few rolls of wrapping paper, and maybe a roll or two of ribbon. This holiday season; try to skip out on the ribbon embellishments. These ribbons are difficult to recycle and often end up in landfills because of how small they are and how difficult it is to separate them from the rest of waste. It is estimated that over thirty eight thousand miles of ribbon are thrown away after the holidays. That’s enough ribbon to tie a bow all the way around the Earth!

Food Waste

It would be rare to see a holiday gathering that didn’t have tables covered with dishes of food, side dishes, and desserts. Leftovers are a common sight as holiday parties wind down, and most hosts will end up throwing away leftovers beyond what they’ll eat the next day. Consider the amount of holiday functions that you’ll be attending this year, and you will not be surprised to learn that nearly 100 pounds of food waste is generated per person over the holiday season. A great way to combat this food waste is to send friends and family home with a doggie bag!

Wrapping Paper

On average, an American will go through seven hundred pounds of paper a year. When that figure is multiplied by the current population of the United States, which is over three hundred and twenty million people, the total amount of paper waste generated within the country comes out to over eighteen billion tons. How does this figure factor in to the holidays? Well, during the holiday season, especially the days following Christmas, American’s produce HALF of the total amount of paper waste, mainly consisting of wrapping paper and decorations.

Many other countries in the world celebrate the holidays much different than we do in the United States, whether it’s because resources are lacking, traditions are different, or economic environments are not the same as they are here. If we as Americans can take a look at our consumption habits during the holidays, we may realize that there is a significant amount of room for improvement across the board, from holiday meals to wrapping gifts, to traveling to see family. Cali Carting Inc. wishes all of our customers, clients, and partners a happy and healthy holiday season. Don’t forget to recycle!