Before you shop. Holiday tips to stay Green and Environmental Friendly.

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 11/20/2018 - 20:31
Ideas to wrap presents. And more.

Happy Holidays to everyone from the Saline’s Environmental Commission!  This is the time of year for consciously planning environmentally friendly selections of gift wrapping and decorating.

Keep in mind when shopping for gift wrapping that tissue paper, ribbons, bows, and foil wrapping paper are not considered recyclable and not to be placed our curbside bins in Saline.  Think re-use as an alternative and save these bows, ribbons for use next year. 

Consider alternatives when wrapping gifts.  – Purchase a nice holiday towel that can be reused after it comes off the present.  Make your own wrapping paper with old calendars, comic pages from the newspaper, maps, posters, printed shapes on white paper – this can become a fun family art project! 

Reusable gift bags are a great choice as they are able to be used more than once!

This idea saves money, and reduces amount of materials going into our landfill.

Purchase wrapping paper and boxes with high recycle content.  Wrapping papers that are printed (no foil / not shiny) are recyclable.  Or wrap gifts as purchased without adding a gift box at all.

Use recyclable paper to cushion gifts, such as newspaper or packing paper, to avoid Styrofoam peanuts as they are not collected in our curbside containers.

Check the labels on the plastic containers – numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 are accepted in our curb side collection cart for easy recycling.  Plastic marked #3 and 6 are not currently accepted in the city of Saline.

When sending or giving cards or stationary, look for paper with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content.  Or make your own cards from paper you'd throw away.

When decorating, use Energy Star efficient lighting LED outdoor holiday lights over conventional lights.  And use a timer to turn them off late at night.  Never discard light strings in your curbside recycle bins.  Light strings can tangle and damage sorting equipment.  Large home improvement stores have drop off bins for recycling light strings, and your Saline Environmental Commission has set up a recycle collection box in the entry way of city hall.

If you celebrate with a tree, consider a tree that can be replanted later.  If you selected a cut tree, after the holidays, Saline has a pick up schedule to collect and convert your tree to mulch.  See your City Of Saline F.Y.I. for pick up dates.

Holiday items are also recyclable and can be placed in Saline’s Curbside collection cart.

  • Wrapping paper plain and printed (non-foil)
  • Cardboard, Boxboard, or grey board (cereal boxes, for example)
  • Gift bags made of plain or printed paper
  • Plastics #1, 2, 4, 5, and 7. 

These items may not be placed in the curbside recycle cart.

  • Styrofoam peanuts or molds
  • Bows and Ribbon
  • Plastic wrap (look for stores that recycle)
  • Tissue paper
  • Gift wrap and bags with foil.
  • Plastics #3, and 6.

Keep Saline Green, and check our Facebook ad web site for more information.

Saline Environmental Commission D. Kittel