How to Have Happy, Eco-Friendly Holidays

Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget about the impact you make on the environment. But remembering these three tips will make it easy to keep your celebrations festive and beneficial to the earth.

  1.  Keep your tree out of the drain. Dispose of your holiday tree properly through Richmond’s tree recycling program. Richmond residents can set trees by their Supercans for collection and recycling.

    Richmond residents can also bring trees to the “Bring One for the Chipper” recycling event on January 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Document shredding and electronics recycling services will be available, as well). This event is hosted by the City of Richmond Department of Public Works and the Richmond Clean City Commission, and will take place at the field at the corner of North Boulevard & Robin Hood Road.
  2. Make holiday meal cleanup waterway friendly. When fats and oils go down the drain, they can cause clogs, sewer overflows and health hazards. So be sure to can used cooking grease, put leftover food in the trash and use a drain basket in the sink.

  3. Recycle all the way. From giftwrap to disposable party plates, we all use our fair share of paper products during the holidays. Recycle as much as you can and look for wrapping paper that’s recycled or recyclable.

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