15 Things You Can Recycle to Ease Christmas Clutter Clean-up

Now’s the time to think ahead to the day after Christmas — and all the stuff you may want or need to throw away. Instead of trashing it, here’s a list of what you should easily be able to recycle to avoid Christmas clutter:

1) Wrapping paper and ribbon (keep a paper bag or box handy when you’re unwrapping presents to make the job easy and efficient) – Shred paper to use as packing material, put aside for your kids’ art projects, or recycle with the weekly newspapers and junk mail.

2) Cardboard and paper boxes – Line smaller boxes with soft towels to create a new bed for a cat or small dog; flatten any boxes you don’t need for easier recycling.

3) Cell phones – Take to Best Buy, Staples, or Office Depot, or send to Collective Good, which will refurbish them, re-sell them, and share the profits with the charity of your choice.

4) Computers, laptops, notebooks, monitors, keyboards – Any of the office supply stores should accept them at no cost to you.

5) Cameras – (same)

6) Fax machines (same)

7) Clothing – Most shelters will take t-shirts, pants, long-sleeved shirts, jackets, underwear and socks. Donate fancier clothes to the local theater company or school drama department to use as costumes.

8) Christmas lights – These links will show you where you can recycle old lights and find new, energy-efficient LEDs.

9) Beverage cans, bottles and jugs – Glass, aluminum, and plastic beer, soda, juice and bottled water containers can all be recycled.

10) Plastic food containers – Many community recycling programs now accept plastic food trays and cartons, along with containers from yogurt, sour cream, dips, and spreads.

11) Toys – Clean, working toys your kids have outgrown can be passed along to the children of neighbors, family, friends, day care centers, and shelters that help house children.

12) Christmas tree – if your community doesn’t pick up used trees, recycle this yourself: cut the boughs off to create mulch, and use the needles to make potpourri.

13) Televisions and Major appliances – If you got a new appliance, ask your installer to recycle the one he removes. Or check these links to get specific guidance on recycling your tv.

14) Christmas cards – Cut off the part containing the signature (usually the back page), and use the front, decorated page as a Christmas gift tag for next year.

15) Food – Combine leftovers into stews and soups, or freeze in lunch-size portions to take to work or send to school with the kids; simmer meat and turkey bones until they make a rich broth that can be used for gravies and stock; freeze cookies, breads, and dessert bars to use over the next three months.

Click here for suggestions on recycling tinsel, ornaments, and other Christmas decorations.

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4 Responses to 15 Things You Can Recycle to Ease Christmas Clutter Clean-up

  1. Irma Guzman December 21, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Love the Christmas cards tip! Thank you for this post!

  2. Jan @ garbage disposal reviews December 27, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    In addition to your suggestions one of the nicest things about your post is the number of links you provide for various resources. As far as disposing of electronics it’s important you find out what they do with hard drives first. The best recyclers will shred the hard drive.
    Thanks for all the info.

  3. Diane MacEachern January 2, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks – I’m glad the links are useful. And yes, always find out what the company is doing not just with the hard drive, but with all the components they recycle.

  4. Promosyon January 24, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    This one is gift box and wrapping with best wrappers and ribbons.It look so gorgeous.This type of box are given on the Christmas festival.

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