Christmas is wonderful, but it also creates a surprising amount of waste. Did you know that the holiday season is the busiest time of year for our Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program?
This Christmas, we have a few tips if you’re looking for simple ways to reduce waste and “think green.”
- When Christmas shopping, remember your reusable bags to cut down on single-use plastic. If you’re an online shopper, see if you can order multiple items from one retailer to eliminate excess packaging and delivery of multiple parcels. And don’t forget – most of those foam packaging and ‘air pillow’ materials are recyclable at our drop-off locations.
- When you’re done displaying Christmas cards, they can be recycled! You can also use them in a crafting project for next season (or pass them along to someone who will.)
- Speaking of cards…you could also consider sending electronic greetings via email or joining the growing trend of people donating what they would have spent on cards and stamps to charity, in honour of friends and family, and posting a greeting on social media.
- When wrapping gifts, seek alternatives to foil-lined, non-recyclable wrapping paper and bows. Normal, paper gift wrap is recyclable; for a charming rustic look, brown paper can be tied with twine and adorned with dried flowers, berries or leaves. You can even wrap gifts with newspaper or old sheet music if you’re feeling especially eco-friendly (and thrifty!)
- Creating gift baskets? Please remember that cellophane wrapping isn’t recyclable. If you receive it, however, it stores easily to be reused in future!
- If your loved one wants the latest tech gadget this Christmas, recycle their older model at one of our drop-off locations.
- If you still have old Christmas lights out in the garage, make this the year you invest in more energy-efficient ones! We’d love to recycle the old lights for you at one of our drop-off locations.
- Whether you’re stocking up on eggnog or Christmas treats for guests, double check packaging to make sure you recycle and compost everything possible (and don’t forget that paper napkins are compostable, but not recyclable.)
By following some of these tips, you can help reduce some waste and be a little kinder to the planet this holiday season.
The Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program is a program of Archway Community Services (formerly known as Abbotsford Community Services) and provides recycling services for the District of Mission and City of Abbotsford.
The program operates two drop-off locations; Abbotsford (33670 Valley Road) and Mission (7229 Mershon Street) and offers an extensive public awareness program, including school and community education.
If you’re interested in finding out more about what can be recycled, please visit our website.
Recycling Drop-Off Locations
Abbotsford (33670 Valley Road)
Mission (7229 Mershon Street)