Resource Management


Contact Information

1855 Placer Street
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 225-5789
within Shasta County:
   (800) 528-2850
Fax: (530) 225-5807

Office Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Waste-Free Holiday Ideas

'Tis the Season to be Sustainable!

Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day American household waste increases by more than 25 percent? Added bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, and wasted food contribute an additional one million tons of garbage a week to our landfills!* 

Thankfully, there are many ways to reduce waste while celebrating the holidays.

•  Keep it simple. One thoughtful gift is better than six unwanted gifts.

•  Give long-lasting items of value, purpose, and meaning.

• Give experiences such as music lessons, event tickets, or your time and talents. Make a donation in the recipient’s name.

•  Children can give coupons for their time as presents in ways such as taking on extra chores, cooking dinners, watching a younger sibling or giving plenty of hugs and kisses.

•  Reduce your use of disposable batteries. Buy less stuff that require batteries or use rechargeable ones instead.

•  Buy refurbished electronics instead of new ones.

•  Reuse shipping and packaging materials, ribbons, bows, and gift bags.

•  Skip wrapping paper. Wrap your gift in a reusable item that is part of the gift such as a scarf, towel, backpack, or cloth bag.

•  Be selective when deciding how many holiday cards to send. Send eCards or recycled-content greeting cards.

•  Use cloth tablecloths and napkins, and reusable cups, plates, and cutlery rather than disposables.

•  Save food by buying and serving the amount of food you will eat, using what is left over, and composting food scraps. Visit savethefood.com for more ideas. 

 

* Statistics are from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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