Waste Disposal Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are a great time for spreading cheer through decorations and gifts, but they are also a time when a lot of waste is created. At First Class Waste, we want to help ensure that you are able to dispose of your waste properly. That is why our team has put together some tips for disposing of holiday waste.

1. Holiday Food Scraps

The holidays are a time for over-eating everything from turkey and stuffing to chocolate and cane canes; however, while we all try to eat as much food as possible, there is always some food scraps left behind. It is important to remember that food scraps do not belong in the garbage can; instead, all food scraps should be put into a green (organics) bin. If you would like to learn more about properly disposing of your organic food and yard waste, we can help with that too.

2. Wrapping Paper

When purchasing gift wrap or greeting cards, make sure to look at the recycled content. Try to avoid using metallic wrapping paper or excessive amounts of tape, as neither of these are recyclable. Once presents have been opened, set aside a box to collect reusable ribbons, bows, cards, and other package decorations that can be reused next year. You should also make sure that there is a recycling bin handy for wrapping paper, or consider using the leftover wrapping paper to wrap up leftover holiday food scraps that are headed for the green bin.

3. Electronics & Batteries

At this time of year, people should consider making room for new gifts by recycling old electronics. If a gift requires batteries, consider buying rechargeable batteries in order to save money in the future, as well as to reduce the amount of batteries that end up in the landfill every year. If you do have to dispose of batteries, take them to a hazardous waste depot where they can be properly disposed of.

4. Christmas Tree

Consider choosing a potted Christmas tree this year, so that it can be planted in your yard after the holidays. Natural Christmas trees are recyclable and compostable, and can be picked up by curbside collection during the month of January. Alternatively, Christmas trees can also be taken to the Abbotsford Transfer Station for composting. Whether you are putting the tree out on the curb for collection or taking it to the landfill, it is important to remember to remove all decorations and the tree stand before hand.

If you would like to learn more tips for disposing of holiday waste, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact First Class Waste at 604-823-2116 or by filling out a contact form on our website. We also offer front load bin rentals and roll-off containers for all of your garbage removal needs. Learn more about the benefits of a front load bin here.