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Keep recycling in mind around the holidays

To the editor:

The holiday season is upon us, when we spend time with loved ones, share meals and generate copious amounts of trash. Americans generate around one million tons (that’s right!) of trash per week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Local landfills are closing due to full capacity, making it even more important to reduce, reuse and recycle. Check out these ideas:

• Reduce packaging by wrapping gifts in newspaper or colorful fabric, a piece of clothing or reusable cloth bags. Give gift certificates of your time and service such as babysitting or a home-cooked meal. When shopping, avoid buying items with unnecessary or unrecyclable packaging.

• Limit new stuff from entering the system by re-gifting items, giving re-conditioned items and shopping at antique and thrift stores. Use popcorn or newspaper as packing materials. Holiday cards can be reused to create a new look and wrapping paper can be used again next year.

• Go to the Amherst town website for instructions on recycling of holiday-related items: www.amherstma.gov/recycling.

Did you know that non-metallic wrapping paper is recyclable? Best Buy and Staples accept old electronics to be recycled (even if not purchased there). Most residential trash haulers operate curbside Christmas tree pick-ups (real trees only) for their clients. Call your hauler for program details.

Amherst and Pelham residents may also take bare trees (real trees only) to the Amherst transfer station for processing (no sticker required).

Together, we can give a gift to the planet by reducing our carbon footprint.

Brenda Kennedy Davies


Brenda Kennedy Davies wrote on behalf of the town of Amherst Recycling and Refuse Management Committee.

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