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Recycling during the holidays

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Americans produce about 5-million pounds of trash during the holidays (from Thanksgiving to New Year's) and it is easy to forget the impact of all the garbage during the holidays. However, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Buy something the receiver actually needs.
- Giving an 'experience gift' like tickets to the movies, or gift cars for a dinner.

Bottom line; a lot of gifts end up forgotten or in the trash, so find out what the receiver actually needs.

Environmental Education Coordinator, Gail Everett says, "garbage doesn't bio-degrade, it doesn't rot, and it doesn't go away like people all this waste is going into the ground and sitting there for years and years and it doesn't change because it's underground and protected from bio-degrading."

When it comes to unwrapping gifts, it's good to designate one person to collect the wrapping paper, cardboard, and bows. All packaging materials can be recycled or reused. Even your Christmas tree can be recycled.

For more information, visit and link to Green Living, or call 509-942-7730.