4 Tips for Waste Management During the Holidays

 

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.

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