metro – Santa Claus is about to begin delivering toys to all the girls and boys, but along with all those presents come a tonne of wrapping paper, bows and all sorts of packaging.
While sparkly holiday decorations are pretty, the Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) recommends shoppers think environmentally when buying this year.
“Before purchasing a product, gift or any wrapping, check whether or not it can be recycled,” says Harvinder Gill of RCBC. “Items like 100 per cent paper wrapping or Chinese cloth-wrapping techniques are great ideas.”
For more difficult items, like Styrofoam, Gill recommends taking advantage of retailer recycling programs such as Bring Back the Pack offered by London Drugs.
“We encourage people to bring back the cardboard, Styrofoam packaging and the receipt from any product we sell, and we’ll recycle them,” says Dave Woogman, manager of the London Drugs store at Broadway and Cambie.
Dos and don’ts of Christmas decorations:
- Buy items that can’t be recycled, such as tinsel or embossed wrapping paper.
- Purchase items with excessive packaging if there’s a reasonable alternative.
- Throw away recyclable items.
- Bring your real tree to a tree-chipping event.
- Use reusable decorations: homemade gift bags, popcorn garlands.
- Utilize retail product packaging retake programs.
For more information on how to have a green Christmas, visit rbc.bc.ca
Written by Sarah Fitzgerald for the metro
December 24, 2010