Recent studies have shown that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the average amount of American household waste increases as much as 25 percent.
Many people use the holidays as an excuse to update to the latest games, toys, and electronic devices. But what happens to all the old stuff that’s not getting used anymore?
“During the holidays, consumers buy new gadgets, host parties and even update home decor,” said Linda Gabor, vice president of marketing and account management for Call2Recycle. “This is a great time to give a gift to the planet by recycling old batteries, cell phones and other products that we typically upgrade during the holidays, or items that we buy and then throw away at the end of the season.”
Here are a few recycling tips for the holidays:
1. Make e-cycling a top priority. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, of the average $750 that households plan to spend on gifts this year, approximately $232 of that will be spent on consumer electronics such as a laptops, e-readers or game systems.
2. Don’t forget the rechargeable batteries. Don’t waste your money on single use batteries. And if you’re stocking up on rechargeables, make sure to recycle the old batteries responsibly.
3. If it still works, donate it. Allow your green efforts to help those in need by donating household goods or electronic devices that you no longer use to a local charity. Clothing, decorations, blankets and more can find a brand-new life through a charity, rather than reaching the trash or recycling bin.
To be more environmentally conscious this holiday season, recycle batteries and cell phones at any of the more than 30,000 retailers, communities and businesses across the United States and Canada that serve as a Call2Recycle collection site. To find a local Call2Recycle collection site, visit call2recycle.org, or visit Earth911.com to find a location to recycle hundreds of additional items, including Christmas trees!
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