It's the morning after. Santa has come and gone. Formerly festive Christmas wrap is piled high. Bedraggled ribbons bedeck the halls (and everything else).
The fridge is bulging with leftovers. You've got a gazillion gifts to exchange. And even the tree is looking a bit tired. It's the most mind numbing time of the year.
Here are just a few of the ways you can reduce your waste this Christmas, and maybe save money next Christmas as well, by planning a holiday green cleaning December 25 and beyond.
Also check around your community to see whether any children's centers, teacher cooperatives, or recyclers accept holiday trimmings.
Trees take a long time to decompose in landfills. Most communities, however, provide chipping services that will reduce your tree, wreaths, and other greenery to biodegradable mulch.
First, however, you need to totally de-trim the tree. Remove ornaments and lights and pack them away for next year.
Take off the tree stand. Make sure to remove all tinsel. Flocked tree? Sorry, you're out of luck. These can't be recycled. Wreaths and holiday garland can only be recycled if you remove all the metal supports.
This is a good time to start a compost pile. All leftovers (except those containing meat or dairy products) can be composted. If Santa still owes you a present, ask for a composting bin. That way you can keep on giving to Mother Earth throughout the new year.