For Halloween or fall celebrations, instead of purchasing a new costume, second hand clothing or thrift shops provide a wide array of costume choices with just a little bit of imagination. If there is not a local thrift store, consider homemade costumes or renting a costume. While trick-or-treating, take a reusable bucket or bag instead of a disposable bag for candy. Also, if the weather is pleasant, stick close to the neighborhood and walk from house to house instead of driving. Finally, in place of sending paper greeting cards or invitations, consider emailing friends and family, or giving them a phone call.
Consider purchasing reusable tableware and use it throughout the year instead of disposable plates and utensils. While shopping for food and goodies, remember to bring reusable shopping bags. If you have a large gathering, plan ahead and provide bags or bins for your guests’ recyclable items and take them to the community recycling center. Again, appropriate food scraps may be composted after the meal. For more information check the program’s information on composting or starting a compost pile.
Make an effort to celebrate the holidays close to home. However, if traveling is necessary for the holidays, make sure vehicles have the correct tire pressure for optimal gas mileage and carpool whenever possible. If the weather is nice, turn down the thermostat a little and go outside and play a game to keep warm.
For additional environmentally-friendly tips, please visit the department’s Green Tips.
If you would like more information regarding solid waste, please visit the Solid Waste Management Program Website or contact the program at 573-751-5401.