The holiday season is going to look very different this year. While we may not be able to celebrate in the way we normally do, still be mindful of what items you choose to use and what lasting effects it will have on the environment. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for the season ahead.

Extra Packaging

Start by putting any accepted items into your recycling bin. If you’re unsure of what materials can go into your bin, check out the Recyclepedia or take a look at our Holiday Recycling Guide below!

Any excess packaging that won’t fit inside your recycling bin can also be dropped off at your local municipal recycling depot or transfer stations for free. If you have any extra cardboard boxes, they can be reused to pack gifts or ship items out.


Holiday Decorations

Any gently used decorations you no longer use can be donated to the thrift store. Also consider shopping local this holiday season, by purchasing ornaments and decorations from a local maker. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll be able to find!

A reminder that holiday decorations and string lights are not accepted for recycling in your blue bin. String lights can be dropped off at Urbanmine for metal recycling. If your lights and yard decorations are still in good condition, consider donating them to a secondhand store.

If you’re doing any gift wrapping, choose to wrap your gifts in a recyclable or reusable option such as kraft paper, newspaper or cloth. Coloured wrapping paper is not accepted for recycling in Manitoba, as the intensity of dyes in the paper make taking the ink of out the paper inefficient and cost-prohibitive to recycle.


Reusable Items

Choose items that can be reused to lessen your impact on the environment. Instead of using single-use plates and cutlery, use real dishes and metal utensils for your meals. Also consider using ceramic dishes for cooking and baking instead of single-use aluminum pie plates and trays. This may take a bit more time to clean-up, but it’s better for the environment in the long run.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Most municipalities have a Christmas Tree recycling program available for their residents. This gives people an opportunity to responsibly recycle their trees and wreaths after the holiday season is done. Reach out to your local municipality for details.


Print or download our Holiday Recycling Guide so you know what seasonal items can go in your blue bin, and where to dispose of other items that aren’t accepted. You can also check out the Recyclepedia, or download the app on your Apple or Android device!


Download our guide here.

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