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Helpful hints help HRM residents WasteLess during the holidays

(Wednesday, December 23, 2009) - HRM reminds residents what goes where during the holiday season to reduce your waste by recycling and composting.

Below are some tips to WasteLess this holiday season. A full list including this year’s holiday waste collection schedule, can be viewed at

Ensure your tree is placed for collection during organics collection week.
• Natural Christmas trees will be collected with green cart collection during organics collection week.
• Trees should be free of non-organic material such as ornaments and plastic bags.

Know how to sort your holiday waste. The following items can be diverted from the landfill.

• Boxboard and greenery such as boughs go in your green cart.
• Wrapping paper can be placed in a grocery bag for paper recycling collection.
• Corrugated cardboard can be bundled and placed beside your blue bag.
• Don’t throw away bows, gift wrap and cards. Think about where they can be reused.

There are other ways to lessen your environmental footprint this holiday season.

• Make gifts instead of buying them.
• Use reusable materials to wrap gifts. Consider tea towels or gift bags.
• Take reusable bags during your Christmas shopping trips.
• Send e-cards instead of mailing them.

Visit for more helpful information on how to keep the environment in mind this holiday season.

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Laurie Lewis
HRM Solid Waste Resources




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