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December 23, 2003

WIPE OUT WASTE: DECK THE HALLS WITH LESS TRASH

Charlotte, NC - After Santa Claus has come and gone, gifts given and opened, stockings and stomachs stuffed, what do you do with the mess left over? Many households will undoubtedly have a large pile of post-holiday trash.  But there are ways to shrink that pile and reduce the amount of waste heading to the landfill.  Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte encourage all citizens to reduce waste after the holidays and all year long. 

Here are a few ways to “use less stuff” as the holiday season wraps up:

· Gift wrap is recyclable.  Put it in your City of Charlotte “Curb It” bin or deliver to one of Mecklenburg County’s recycling centers. If you don’t live in Charlotte, follow your town or hauler’s guidelines.

· Save large, uncrumpled pieces of leftover gift wrap to use next year.

· Set aside a box for re-usable ribbons, bows and decorations.

· Recycle cardboard boxes.  Cut them into 3’ x 3’ pieces and stack neatly under your recycling bin.

· Mulch your tree. Remove decorations, tinsel and metal stands. In Charlotte, cut your tree in half and leave by the curb. Outside Charlotte, follow your town or hauler’s guidelines or deliver your tree to a Mecklenburg County full-service yard waste center. There is no charge.

· The City will accept bagged garbage outside the rollout cart December 26 - 31.

· If you get new clothes, furniture or appliances for Christmas donate the old items to charity.

· Turn the thermostat down before guests arrive on Christmas Day. Extra bodies will warm the room.

· Save greeting cards for use next year, or recycle them by sending them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, PO Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006.

· Recycle mail order catalogues and cancel catalogues you don’t need.

For more information about waste reduction and recycling in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, check the Web sites http://curbit.charmeck.org or www.wipeoutwaste.com



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