A new campaign from Comox Strathcona Waste Management has been launched to try and reduce the amount of waste produced during the holiday season.

 Whether it’s limiting holiday food waste, using cloth gift bags or giving gifts that focus on shared memories the CSWM is sharing some ideas on how we can rethink our waste production this time of year.

General Manager of Engineering Services, Marc Rutten says it’s not hard to limit the amount of waste you create over Christmas, and the online guide will help you do that.  

“We can all take steps to make less waste each year, and it’s important to be mindful of this during the holidays when our waste production tends to skyrocket,” said Rutten.

 “Not only have we created a list of ideas to enjoy the holidays to their fullest while being mindful of excessive waste, we also want to hear your waste-free tips for this season.”

Some of the tips include”

  • Instead of new wrapping paper and gift bags, use newspapers, last year’s calendars or old maps.
  • Use reusable cloth bags for wrapping gifts. Drawstring cotton bags made of holiday patterned material can be used year after year, still add colour and are a joy to unwrap.
  • Reusable cloth ribbon makes a great alternative to store-bought ribbons, which are typically used once and can’t be recycled.
  • Reuse old cards and gift tags. You might start a new card-making tradition, cutting old cards into collage creations for someone new. 

If you have your own ideas on how to prevent and reduce waste this holiday, Comox Strathcona Waste Management is encouraging you to share your tips with them on Facebook so they can update the online list. 

If you would like to see the full collection of holiday waste saving ideas, visit the Comox Strathcona Waste Management website.