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:
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Image Credit: Flickr – DJ-Dwayne


Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Thanks for Sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

thank you

patti ng
patti ng6 years ago

These are some really good tips, thanks a lot !

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Good tips. Thanks for the posting.

beverly gannon
beverly gannon7 years ago

thks..lets reduced all if we can.

NOMLPLZ Ramona Thompson
Ramona Thompson7 years ago

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

Trish K.
Trish K7 years ago

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

Ashley J.
Ashley J7 years ago