Waste–Free Christmas

Christmas is a season filled with gift-giving, festivities, and parties, and quite expectedly, wastes generated from food left-over and gift-wrappers will abound. We urge everybody to properly manage your solid wastes, particularly during the celebration of the holiday season.

So, how do we celebrate a waste-free Christmas? Here are some tips:

Segregate your Wastes. Manage your garbage by putting up three labeled bins: one for biodegradable or compostable wastes (food left-overs); one for recyclable materials (bottles and caps, cans, plastic and paper gift wrappers); and another, for residual wastes (soiled snack wrappers and polystyrene packages). Hazardous wastes like defective Christmas lights, paints, batteries, and even firecrackers should be stored in a safe place.

Recover your Left-Overs. Christmas is never without parties, and parties generate a lot of left-overs. Give your discarded food left-overs to pets, or give to feed collectors for pig slops. You can also process your left-overs into composts! Just put them in clay pots (or any available container!) and cover with soil. Better yet, plan to reduce wastage in food preparations, by preparing close to enough for the expected number of guests.

Recycle! Recycle! Recycle! Use wrappers made from recycled paper or even pages from newspapers or comics for wrapping gifts; and if you receive gifts, don’t tear gift wrappers and sort them neatly for the waste pickers to benefit from, or set them aside for recycling, for use next Christmas.

Gift-giving. Careful consideration in purchasing gifts and other items this Christmas will also enormously reduce the amount of useless packaging materials that would only end up as garbage. Better, patronize gifts and products made of recycled materials like stationeries, and other crafts. For toys and gadgets as gifts, buy such with rechargeable batteries, or those that will not require batteries.

Good deed. Reduce waste by offering personal services as gifts. Do good deeds like storytelling to children, helping family members with their chores, or by giving donations to less fortunate individuals and families. Remember, less stuff means less wastes.

Maintaining a clean and safe environment is one of the best gifts to offer this holiday to each other.

Have fun, be thankful for all the blessings that have come your way! Merry Christmas everybody! 🙂


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