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Tips to Have a Green Holiday Season


Tips from KCSWA for a Green Christmas & New Years

  • Recycle all boxes and any wrapping paper or tissue paper that isn't metallic, glittery or waxy.
  • Consider donating gently used clothes, toys and other items to a local nonprofit organization.
  • Supply guests with reusable place settings that can be washed and saved for the next party. If that's not possible, consider purchasing compostable or biodegradable plates, cutlery and napkins.
  • If using disposable cups, label those with the guest's name so they can be reused throughout the night.
  • Don't overbuy food. Instead, estimate the amount of food needed per guest and cut back from there.
  • Turn down the thermostat a few degrees before guests come to your home. As more arrive, the indoor temperature will increase naturally.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries to power Christmas gifts, and recycle dead batteries.
  • Buy gifts made from recycled materials, and wrap materials in newspaper or brown butcher paper.
  • Consider converting cereal or other paperboard boxes into gift boxes.
  • Plastic bows are not recyclable, so save those to use again.
  • Consider purchasing LED Christmas lights, which save electricity.
  • Give unused holiday decorations to others so nothing goes to waste.

Also, On January 2nd, the West Virginia DEP, REAP and DNR will accept donated Christmas trees that will be repurposed as fish habitat in lakes and rivers.

Trees will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol Market in Charleston.

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The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is the central resource for waste reduction in the county with a focus on the education and awareness of sustainable techniques and initiatives.

Kanawha County
Solid Waste Authority
600 Slack Street
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 342-4477

Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm