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Giving New Gadgets? 3 Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

Giving New Gadgets? 3 Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

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, or visit to find a location to recycle hundreds of additional items, including Christmas trees!

Also check out:
Ways You Can Waste Less Food And Water
Dealing With People Who Don’t Recycle
Earn Rewards For Recycling Cereal Boxes

Image Credit: Flickr – DJ-Dwayne

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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11:24PM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Thanks for Sharing.

1:27PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:49AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Thank you

9:47AM PDT on May 28, 2011

thank you

7:49AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

These are some really good tips, thanks a lot !

10:38PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Good tips. Thanks for the posting.

5:03PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

thks..lets reduced all if we can.

6:06AM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Thanks for the tip Ernie. I will check out HF and a battery recharger there too since my old one has no "spark".

4:02PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

I did notice the trash getting bigger in the neighborhood after thanksgiving. Consumer driven society. We should learn to live without.

8:23PM PST on Dec 30, 2010


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