Less to Waste, More to Celebrate
This holiday, reduce the amount of waste you create
- Reuse boxes & gift bags and take your own shopping bag
- Buy reusable, not disposable - buy items that last
- Buy only what you need - donate what you don't need
- Give your time - make time for being green
City of London depots welcome the opportunity to help you recycle evergreens.
For details on this service available January 2 to 11, read
Think Green by Composting your Christmas Tree.
We encourage you to recycle more this holiday season. Please take the extra time to sort
through your waste and recycle everything you can. Your extra efforts at this
time of year are appreciated by the collection staff. In addition to the
guidelines listed on the Waste Reduction and Conservation Calendar, the
following tips will help you maximum your recycling with minimum effort:
When the Blue Box begins to overflow, place
extra recyclables in clear or see-through blue bags. Large clear plastic
bags work fine. Just keep the paper separate from your containers.
Boxes – remove plastic packaging and windows,
flatten and place with paper. Large corrugated cardboard boxes should be
Aluminum cans – more soft drinks are consumed over
the holiday season – please recycle all aluminum cans. In 2007, London residents sent as much as $500,000
worth of aluminum cans to landfill instead of recycling them.
Greeting cards can be recycled unless they are made
from heavily dyed or foil coated paper. Better yet, cut them up to use as gift
tags, or postcards.
Do not recycle waxed corrugated cardboard or large
quantities of wrapping paper (especially heavily dyed or foil coated)
Do not recycle plastic foam packaging (for example,
StyrofoamTM). Place foam packaging inside a garbage bag for garbage
Thank you for recycling throughout the year. Your recycling efforts make a
difference to the environment and to the cost of delivering the recycling