Home Safety: Garbage

Merry Christmas. It’s that wonderful time of year for families and friends to gather and celebrate the Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Christ.

BOXES:  It’s also that time of year for major purchases and some of those purchases contribute to the trash pile at your curbside.  Televisions, video game consoles, tool sets, furniture, ping pong tables, large toy sets for the kiddos all come in big boxes that end up in the trash for pick up the week after Christmas.  Did you ever stop to think about what other people see when they pass by your house on trash day?

Keep your home secure with these simple tips.

  1. break down any large box with descriptive pictures on them. Better yet, cut the boxes, turn them inside-out and  stack them together. Tie them tight with a string.
  2. rather than leave the boxes at your curbside to attract attention, take them directly to the recycling center.

WRAPPING PAPER:  You spent time shopping this Christmas season for eco-friendly, recycled wrapping paper.  Would it make sense to through it away in a plastic garbage bag? Not really. Here are some tips for eco-friendly disposal:

  1. recycle your paper. Simply fold it and place it into the recycling bin.
  2. if you don’t have recycling where you live, you’ll have to put the used paper in the trash.
  3. re-use your paper. Salvage what you can, fold it and store away for next year.
  4. use it for crafting paper, decoupage or decorative art cards. Donate it to an art classroom; some teachers would love quality, decorative paper scraps for their students.

Remember to keep your home and family safe during the holidays with these simple garbage tricks.

Merry Christmas!

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