Signal Hill-based recycling company EDCO is reminding residents to recycle this holiday season.
“During the holidays, Americans throw away 25-percent more trash than any other time of year,” states a recent press release from EDCO. ” From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, an additional 1 million tons of waste is thrown out each week. Much of what will be tossed out after the holidays is recyclable or can be reused and, with a little bit of effort, residents can reduce the amount of waste generated throughout the yuletide season.”
Paper gift wrap, gift boxes, greeting cards, cardboard, as well as glass, metal and plastic beverage containers can all be recycled in residents’ recycling carts. An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high, according to EDCO, which also suggests that people “reduce” by sending electronic greeting cards, “re-use” by creating do-it-yourself gift cards by cutting cards into little squares or rectangles or use a fancy gift tag punch to turn this year’s cards into next year’s gift tags, and “recycle” by placing all holiday greeting cards into their recycling cart.
“The kitchen will also be busy cooking up feasts that will be featured on holiday tables and will likely produce used cooking oil that can be recycled,” states the press release. Kitchen fat, oil and grease (FOG) can be recycled simply by collecting used discarded FOG in a leak-proof container and dropping it off free of charge at the EDCO Buyback Center located at 2755 California Ave. in Signal Hill.
For information on Christmas tree recycling and more holiday recycling information, residents can visit edcodisposal.com and enter their ZIP code for specific holiday recycling information in their community.