Wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows

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Waste Reduction with Brenda Rioux

With Christmas just around the corner we are all busy rushing around, trying to get everything ready for the holidays. We may not be thinking about sorting our waste but we should give it some thought. Things like wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows may leave you wondering “what goes where?” 

Believe me, you are not alone; we have a lot of calls from residents this time of year wondering what to do with old Christmas lights, broken ornaments, and wrapping paper.  Hopefully after reading this you will have a better understanding of what goes where and will be able to avoid coming home to an orange rejection sticker on your waste. 

Let’s start with wrapping paper – the quick and easy answer is garbage. Whether you have foil paper, shiny paper, or just plain old fashion wrapping paper, the end result is the same, place it in the garbage. 

What about all of those ribbons and bows that you use to decorate your packages? Well, they belong in the garbage too, along with those Christmas lights and ornaments. 

A lot of people have opted for using gift bags this time of year; they look great and are reusable.  However, if you get a little too excited when opening your gifts and you happen to rip a bag or two, place them in the garbage.

What about all of that tissue paper that goes into the gift bags?  If you can save the tissue paper and reuse it that’s great but if not place it in the garbage. And if you happen to be the lucky one receiving a new flat screen, you’ll notice lots of Styrofoam protecting your new TV. This too has its place in the garbage.

Not everything is garbage. The following items can be recycled so please make sure they end up in your recycling bag: Christmas cards, envelopes, gift boxes, newspaper, flyers, cardboard, bubble packaging, and catalogs. 

Now we all enjoy a good turkey dinner, and if you are like most there won’t be many leftovers but if that 25-pound turkey was just a little too big, into the green cart it goes and don’t forget to put your paper plates and napkins in the green bin too!

If you have little ones at home, I’m sure you will have lots of batteries around the house and if you’re wondering what to do with them, just keep on reading. Batteries can be taken to the scalehouse in Little Forks, Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

In Amherst, batteries and can be taken to the Canadian Tire customer service desk. 

Now that you know how to sort your trash, sit back, relax, and enjoy this festive time of year!

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!  

Not sure where something goes?  Call us at 667-5141 or check out our website at www.cjsma.ns.ca.

Be Sort Smart! Recycle and Compost


Brenda Rioux is the waste reduction co-ordinator for the Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority. The CJSMA column appears monthly in the Amherst News.





Organizations: Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority, Canadian Tire, Amherst News

Geographic location: Little Forks, Amherst

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