California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

"Give Green" by Decking the Halls with Less Waste This Year!

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote a more sustainable California, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is helping residents cut the amount of trash generated this holiday season.

This seasonal webpage is your one-stop site for simple steps to recycle your holiday waste and conserve our natural resources.

For example, an estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. Electronic holiday greeting cards, offered through a variety of websites, are a convenient, no-cost, waste-free alternative.

It’s estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, more than 1 million tons of additional waste is generated each week nationwide. In fact, 38,000 miles of ribbon alone is thrown out each year--enough to tie a bow around the Earth.

For more information, please email CalRecycle’s Office of Public Affairs, or call us at (916) 341-6300. Happy Holidays!


Holiday Waste Reduction Tips

A Season for Giving, Not for Discarding--Here are some tips and suggestions for alternative gift wrapping, no-waste holiday practices, and innovative gift-giving.

Make it a sustainable holiday (PDF, 558 KB)--A series of 10 PowerPoint slides with suggestions from CalRecycle on how to deck the halls and entertain your guests without generating additional waste during the holiday season.

Shop, shop, shop--What can you do so you're not left holding the plastic bag? Drawing up a gift list for the holiday season? Be sure to take along a reusable shopping bag when heading out to the mall or your favorite retailer.

Christmas Tree Recycling--Once the big day has passed and the ornaments are safely packed away for next year, there's just one thing left to do--contact your city or county's recycling coordinator directly, or ask your local Christmas tree grower about programs near you. You can also visit the Earth 911 website for additional information on Christmas tree recycling programs.


eRecycle--I was so good this year that I got a new plasma TV, PDA (personal digital assistant), and flat screen monitor. What should I as a consumer do with my used electronics?


Rechargeable Batteries--Your presents include personal electronics and talking furry friends? Be sure to stock up on rechargeables, a great gift idea that keeps giving even after the holidays.

RecycleStore--Showcases innovative recycled-content products and puts you in touch directly with their manufacturers.

Last updated: December 4, 2014
Public Affairs Office, (916) 341-6300