EUGENE, Ore. – Christmas is a time of giving, but also a time of recycling.
The holiday season will soon be over and waste reduction specialist, Sarah Grimm, said it’s important know how to adequately dispose of reusable Christmas itemas.
“It saddens me that people don’t understand that when we throw something in the landfill it's gone for good,” Grimm said. ”The manufacturing of more stuff is going to damage our life support system."
Grimm shared a few tips to help you reduce holiday waste. If you have a live tree and are wanting to dispose of it, they recommend recycling it for compost.
Boy Scout Troop 182 will offer pick up services starting December 26th through January 21st.
McCornack Elementary is also offering Christmas tree pick up services and will use the fees as a fundraiser for a trip to Washington D.C.
Rexius and Lane Forest Product will also be accepting green and flocked Christmas trees for a small fee.
"It would be good if people remembered that we also want to give a healthy world to our children,” Grimm said. “That's one of the main reasons recycling is so important, to protect the environment.”
Grimm said that if you decide to dispose of your Christmas lights, avoid putting them in the recycling bin. She said this interrupts the recycling process. Instead, she recommends dropping off the Christmas lights at “Next Step” recycling.