Go Green: Tips for an Eco-friendly Holiday
2009-12-22 · By Editor
Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, which amounts to about 1.2 million extra tons per week. Taking a few simple steps can easily reduce this annual waste.
Long Beach residents are encouraged to participate in this year’s “Green Holiday” tradition by taking a few extra steps offered by the city’s Office of Sustainability, and are urged to access these green resources year round:
- Support local businesses by visiting farmers markets and shopping locally to reduce transport related pollution. More information about farmers markets is available at www.localharvest.org
- “Treecycle” by dropping off your tree at several sites throughout the City of Long Beach from December 26 to January 9. For more information, visit www.longbeach-recycles.org
- Recycle – everything from your tree after the holidays to your old cell phones. Locations and events are available at www.longbeach-recycles.org
- Save time, money, and stress by carpooling or using public transportation, including the Passport or Metro. Visit www.lbtransit.com for maps and schedules.
- Reduce paper waste by making your own wrapping paper-use newspaper, children’s artwork, etc.
- Southern California Edison has many programs that allow you to save on your energy bill during the winter holidays and year round. Visit www.sce.com for more information.
- Volunteer or donate to the community — from food banks to blood donation. Visit www.sustainablelb.com for a list of organizations where you can help
These ideas for a Green Holiday were provided by the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability.