The holiday season is filled with decorations, parties and presents - and that often means a lot more waste. Reduce, reuse and recycle your holiday waste. It’s the best gift you can give to the planet.
Holiday Waste Reduction Ideas
Give Waste-free Gifts
Give experiences, like a day pass to an attraction, gift card to a local restaurant or class at a local studio
Give your time and skills, like a night of babysitting, cooking lesson or home maintenance repair
Give subscriptions, like a membership to a streaming service or monthly delivery from a local business
Give consumables, like locally-roasted coffee, nice teas, soaps or treats
Make a donation to a local charity in a friend or family member’s name
Give pre-loved items, like toys and books
Give quality items that can be used again and again
Shop local to reduce packaging waste
Wrap Gifts Wisely
Wrap gifts with reusable materials, like a scarf, piece of cloth, gift box or gift bag
Choose paper gift wrap over foil wrap, since it can be recycled
Reuse old maps, posters and newspaper as gift wrap
Reuse the front of last year’s greeting cards as gift tags, then recycle them
Save gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons and bows to reuse next year
Make your own cloth gift bags to use for years to come
Decorate for Lasting Memories
Choose quality decorations that will last many seasons
Buy pre-loved decorations at local non-profit and thrift stores
Donate unwanted holiday items to a local non-profit organization
Set out your natural Christmas tree for curbside collection by 7am on January 9, 2023. Trees may be picked up as late as February 10 and not necessarily on residents' regularly scheduled collection days.
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, garlands, nails, screws and tree stands. This allows us to chip and compost your tree.
Cut trees larger than 2 metres (6.5 feet) into smaller pieces. This keeps your collector safe.