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Have A Very "Green" Christmas

December 7, 2006

Des Moines, IA - When you're Christmas shopping this year, consider how much of what you buy ends up in a landfill. Amy Horst with Metro Waste Authority says significant amounts of boxes, packing material and wrapping paper gets thrown in the trash after the presents are opened.

"We definitely encourage people to recycle that. Don't necessarily just throw it in the trash, but look at what the item is or look at what the packaging is and see if it's something that can be recycled."

Horst adds that, before wrapping what you have purchased, think about switching from traditional wrapping paper.

"You can use the comics, or if you have pieces of old wrapping paper, patch them together to make your own wrapping paper. There are lots of creative and fun ways to reuse materials you already have."

She says many manufacturers have gotten the message and are using less packaging for their products, but she notes that when it comes to gift-giving, a donation to a charity is the "item" that creates the least burden on landfills.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA