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It's Looking A Lot Like Xmas: Overflowing Garbage Cans

PHOTO: When it comes to generating garbage, the holidays are the busiest time of year for Minnesotans, but there are ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. CREDIT: John Michaelson
PHOTO: When it comes to generating garbage, the holidays are the busiest time of year for Minnesotans, but there are ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. CREDIT: John Michaelson
December 24, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is, of course, the time of good cheer, but those festivities mean garbage cans and trash bins across the state are busting at the seams.

Kayla Bromelkamp, information officer at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, says the holidays are the busiest time of the year for landfills.

"Waste generation increases nearly 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, so reducing your waste is really important, recycling anything you can."

Bromelkamp says if you're hosting an event, it helps to set up a convenient recycling container for guests. She also notes that some gift wrapping paper, like the metallic shiny type, is not recyclable.

Bromelkamp says one category of waste that's really prevalent over the holidays is food that ends up in the trash, although she says there are easy ways to reduce that.

"By doing some meal planning and careful preparation and right-sizing of portions. Or if you think you're going to have leftovers, asking guests to bring containers and that kind of stuff. Everybody loves leftovers from turkey dinners and ham dinners."

Last year in Minnesota, nearly 1.8 million tons of waste went to landfills.

More information is at www.pca.state.mn.us.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN