Waste-Free Holiday Tips

Reduce waste this holiday season with some creative packaging and gift giving.

Reduce packaging

■ Use reusable: cookie tins, gift bags and boxes, 2 for 1 – wrap gifts in a blanket or kitchen towel.

■ Buy recycled-content gift wrap. Use comics or old maps to wrap with.

Avoid wasted food

Wasting food is a common problem over the holidays. Here are some tips to help you out.

 ■ Create a meal plan and shopping list, and then stick to it. Add a leftovers day or “flex” day to allow space for eating out.

Freeze the leftovers. Check out http://www.SaveTheFood.com for storage and freezing tips.

■ Get creative with leftovers. Leftover mashed potatoes can become breakfast potato cakes. The options are nearly endless.

Recycle Right

YES – in home/work recycling

Wrapping paper, gift tissue paper, flattened cardboard boxes

NO – these don’t belong in your home/ work recycling

String lights, block foam and peanuts or plastic/foil bows

Wondering if an item can be reused, repaired or recycled at a drop-off location? Want more tips about waste reduction? Contact us at 503-526-2665 or recyclingmail@BeavertonOregon.gov.

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