It doesn’t take much to give back to our environment. Incorporating these tips into your holiday festivities can make a big difference in keeping our earth clean and green. A little holiday cheer could land you on the environment’s nice list for a long, long time.

That’s a wrap. Make sure you’re disposing of wrapping paper and gift bags properly. Most wrapping paper, gift bags and boxes are recyclable if they don’t contain foil or glitter. Don’t forget to remove any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows before throwing them into the recycling bin. They are not recyclable and could taint other recyclable materials. If you feel like getting crafty, make your own wrapping paper using old maps, newspaper or your kids’ artwork.

Turn off the lights. Holiday nights are brightened by holiday lights, but think about reducing your carbon footprint by installing a timer or shutting of your indoor and outdoor lights before heading to bed. Timers help ensure your lights are turning on and off at the right times, which will save you money and our environment at the same time.

Out with the old, in with the new. The trendiest new toys and gadgets are great to receive, but don’t leave your old stuff by the wayside. Toys and gadgets make for great donations, so think about giving them to a family in need or dropping them off at a toy drive. Before making a donation, don’t forget to remove the old batteries.  Old batteries can be recycled at any Call2Recycle Canada drop-off location across the country. Find a location near you by plugging in your postal code at call2recycle.ca

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