Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than the rest of the year, which amounts to about 1.2 million extra tons per week. Taking a few simple steps can easily reduce this annual waste.
Long Beach residents are encouraged to participate in this year’s “Green Holiday” tradition by taking a few extra steps offered by the City’s Office of Sustainability, and are urged to access these green resources year round:
• Support local businesses by visiting farmers markets and shopping locally to reduce transport-related pollution. More information about farmers markets is available at localharvest.org.
• Treecycle–Recycling your holiday tree is easy. Free pick up is available on Saturday, January 9. If you have City refuse service, put your tree out with the rest of your trash by 7am on Saturday, January 9. All decorations and stands must be removed. Trees over 12’ tall should be cut in half. Flocked trees will be accepted. You can also drop off your tree at several sites throughout the city until January 9, from Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, or Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm. Visit longbeach-recyles.org for locations.
• Recycle – everything from your tree after the holidays to your old cell phones. Locations and events are available at longbeach-recycles.org
• Save time, money, and stress by carpooling or using public transportation. Visit lbtransit.com for maps and schedules.
• Reduce paper waste by making your own wrapping paper—use newspaper, children’s artwork, etc.
• Southern California Edison has many programs that allow you to save on your energy bill during the winter holidays and year round. Visit sce.com for more information.
• Volunteer or donate to the community, from food banks to blood donation. Visit sustainablelb.com for a list of organizations you can help.
sustainablelb.com or (562) 570-6396