Dismayed by a mailbox full of unwanted catalogs? Sign on to www.CatalogChoice.org and opt out of the ones you don’t want to receive. Basic opt out service is free – additional features are available for a fee.
Vancouver residents have a convenient recycling option for old alkaline, nickel cadmium (NiCad) and lithium household batteries; flashlight, hearing aid and rechargeable batteries. Just place them in a sealable clear plastic bag, and place the bag on top of your recycling roll cart. Consider buying rechargeable batteries and a charger to accompany your electronic gifts to reduce the number of batteries that have to be discarded.
Sure, that deep-fried turkey was moist and tasty. But what do you do with the oil now? Recycle it! Columbia Resource Company will accept up to five gallons of cooking oil per day per customer at their Central Transfer and Recycling and West Van Material Recovery Centers during regular hours of operation. The used cooking oil is recycled.
Donate to the community by taking used computers and electronics to Empower Up. Check out their website for details as to what they will accept. It can be found at www.Empowerup.org. They are located at to 3206 NE 52nd Street. Reuse store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The donation center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Empower Up also accepts number 6 clean white block foam for recycling.
Packing peanuts are often accepted for reuse by local mailing businesses.
Cardboard boxes, printed gift wrapping paper, mailing tubes and paper bags that cannot be used again next year may be flattened and placed in your blue recycling cart. Please do not include ribbons, bows, yarn, foil-coated wrapping, bubble wrap, plastic bags or foam packing. You can reduce the amount of paper that is discarded by utilizing reusable gift bags made of heavy paper or fabric or by making the wrapping part of the gift. Think tablecloths, towels, storage containers, etc.
Many options exist for recycling. In all cases, please remove tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, stands and other materials that are not part of the tree.
Holiday Waste – Did you know that in the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons!
Green Holiday – Ideas from King County Eco-Consumer
Simplify the Holidays – Ideas from the Center for New American Dream