Posted By Heather Rusick on 12/24/12 5:08 AM

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We spend a great deal of time and energy making sure our holidays are the best they can be. But all goods things must come to an end and with this in mind, we present our guide to greening your post-holiday clean up.  You may not realize it but Americans generate an additional five million tons of waste during the holidays. Of that, four million tons come from shopping bags and wrapping paper alone! So what can we do? Many of our award-winning apartment communities feature on-site recycling services to take care of your additional recycling requirement.

We have compiled some fun recycling facts for everyone, enjoy!

Christmas Treecycling

Christmas trees can be recycled and can be used for:

  • Chipping (used for various things, from mulch to hiking trails)
  • Beachfront erosion prevention and river delta sedimentation management
  • Lake and river shoreline stabilization including fish habitat

If you live in one of our Orange County, CA Apartment Communities, you’re in luck! WasteManagement of Orange County will automatically recycle your tree! Check out their information here.

Seaside Apartments in Laguna Niguel will also be joining in on the recycling fun and will be placing tree recycling bins throughout their community to help residents ‘go green’. Residents can locate holiday tree disposal bins on both Seaspray West next to building 26 and Seaport between buildings 32 and 33. We would like to remind residents when disposing of a holiday tree to remove all decorations, including but not limited to: ornaments, bows, lights and tree bases.

A Bad Wrap

Think twice when purchasing wrapping paper that isn’t recycled. Chances are that red paper with bells and holly on it isn’t recyclable.

  • Wrapping paper is often dyed and laminated.
  • It can also contain non-paper additives, such as gold and silver coloring, glitter and plastics.
  • It can be very thin and contain few good quality fibers for recycling.
  • It usually has tape on it from the gift wrapping.

By taking into account some simple tips, you’ll be on your way to a green-er holiday. How Jolly!

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