'Tis the season for generating more trash than usual, so the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is doing its bit to help Kansans keep trash levels tolerable.
According to KDHE's Kent Foerster, more trash on average is generated during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day than during the rest of the year. The result, he said, is an unusual burden on landfills and transfer stations.
The department's suggestions:
Recycle and reuse Recycle or reuse wrapping paper, bows or ribbons, and set aside a box to collect these items before opening gifts.
Pass along the packaging material Collect Styrofoam peanuts, bubble-wrap and packaging materials to re-use.
Give post-holiday life to your Christmas tree Drop off your tree for composting, buy a tree that can be replanted or purchase an artificial one.
Cancel Christmas catalogues and reduce trash.
Make recycling a New Year's resolution for 2001.