The scrumptious food and the unwrapping frenzy is behind us. The Christmas tree is coming down, decorations are being stored till next year, and we're settling into a brand new year. Now is the time to do our "green" part and recycle everything we can from the holidays.
Recycling Christmas trees is a normal part of the after-holiday getting-back-to-normal process. But many people, myself included, haven't thought about recycling the Christmas cards and wrapping paper as well.
Amazingly, approximately 2.65 billion Christmas cards are sent out every year. That's a lot of Christmas cheer that usually ends up in a big garbage bag, along with the wrapping paper. If you want to get creative, besides recycling the cards and wrapping paper, you can use them for many things from craft projects, to playing cards, to collages, bookmarks, gift tags, or making your own gift bags.
If you aren't creative, and you don't have a clue where to take your Christmas recyclables, it's frequently as easy as putting it in your normal bi-weekly recycle pick-up. If you don't have trash and recycle pick-up, or you don't want to wait, here are links to websites with listings and instructions on how you can recycle.
You do want to be careful not to recycle all parts of the cards, like those that play music or those that have metallic parts. Same goes for wrapping paper.
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