While Christmas is known as a time for celebration, it is also known that it results in a lot of waste. The sad truth is that not all people know how to manage this waste in an environment-friendly way. If you would like to make sure that you donâ€™t make more waste than absolutely necessary, there are some tips that you could use.
In case you have some old cleaning products lying around the house, the best way to get rid of them is to use them. Before Christmas (and after) all people clean up their house and this is the perfect time to use some of those old products. You can flush the water soluble products down the drain and you can throw away the solid ones.
Dryers and Washers
It is common for people to get new appliances for Christmas and they may be asking themselves what to do with the old ones. If these appliances are still working, you may donate them to charity. Another option is to ask the manufacturer of the new products whether they can recycle the old ones. It is possible that you will get a discount too.
Freezer or Refrigerator
The people who would like to get rid of appliances of this kind should contact the professionals. Call your department of public works and have them remove the appliances from your home. Sometimes the removal is free, but it could also cost you up to $50.
If you get a new microwave and you wish to get rid of the old one, you should know that if it is made of metal, you might be able to sell it as scrap metal. However, if it is made of plastic (and you canâ€™t donate it), you will have to simply throw it away.
In case you didnâ€™t have bins of this kind in your home until now, this is the perfect time for you to set them up. Most probably you will have a lot of waste to throw away, but this way you can be sure that some of them will be recycled. Make sure that your guests are also familiar with these bins.
There is a lot you can do for the environment even during the holidays. You just have to make a bit of an effort to make sure that everything will go to the right place.