Corona – Go Green and Be Merry
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like lots and lots of food! Unfortunately, those holiday feasts often end with a lot of waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the volume of household waste in the U.S. increases about 25 percent — that’s one million extra tons.
To help reduce food waste, follow these quick tips:
• Shop Smart. Plan meals, use grocery lists, and avoid impulse buys.
• Buy exactly what you need. Buy loose produce instead of packaged, and buy grains, nuts, and spices from bulk bins.
• Practice “First In, First Out:” When unpacking groceries, move older products to the front and place newer items in the back of the fridge/ freezer/pantry.
Christmas trees are another joy of the holiday season. Take advantage of the Christmas tree recycling offered by Waste Management at no additional charge. Residents may recycle their trees during the first two weeks following Christmas on their scheduled collection day from December 26 through January 6. Trees will be collected at the curb and may be picked up by special bed trucks. After the two week period, you may cut your tree and place the pieces in your green waste carts with the lids completely closed.
Be of green cheer, please remember these helpful tips:
•Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.
•Residents are asked to remove decorations, including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands from their tree.
•Residents are reminded that flocked trees cannot be recycled. They will be collected by the trash collector.
Waste Management would like to remind residents that there will be no trash service on Christmas Day or New Years Day. For the remainder of the week following a holiday, collection will be pushed back one day.