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Department of Environmental Quality offers tips for a "waste-less" holiday

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The Department of Environmental Quality is providing a list of tips on how to produce less waste during the month of December. 

The department says that Louisiana, like other states, produces more waste in December than any other month. The office has provided several tips for making your holiday waste-free.

  • When you prepare for the coming holidays, think green: reduce, reuse and recycle. Wrapping gifts can be a challenge since wrapping paper is frequently not recyclable. Be creative! Wrap a gift in a gift -- such as a scarf, bandana, dishtowel or cloth shopping bag. The comic pages from the Sunday paper and most colorful flyers reuse paper and are still recyclable. Last year's Christmas and holiday cards can be used in crafts and as ornament
  • Before the holidays is a perfect time to clean out your clutter and unused items. If you have outgrown toys and clothing, consider donating them to charitable organizations. Discarded electronics (computers, copiers, fax machines, printers and monitors) may be donated to a local nonprofit agency or the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC). CACRC provides computers to schools, families and nonprofits. Visit the council's website for details.
  • When decorating your home, there are ways to consider the environment. An artificial tree doesn't have to be discarded and a live tree can be replanted. If you purchase a cut tree, remember that it cannot be flocked or have tinsel or decorations on it if it is to be recycled. Cut trees are usually collected in early January and are ground up into compost or mulch.
  • LED lights last longer, save energy and money. Visit this website for recycling instructions.
  • Recycling packaging materials such as cardboard and plastic foam peanuts. Visit here for information on recycling plastic foam peanuts, or if you are a retailer interested in foam peanut recycling
  • Buy rechargeable batteries for toys, cameras and gadgets. When those batteries no longer hold a charge, call the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation at 800-8-BATTERY, or go to their website for information on the nearest battery recycling drop off location.
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