In the mad rush to pile that present mountain under the tree in shiniest bows and ribbons, how many of us think about the waste we’re generating in the process?
Because once the gifts have been unwrapped, the shiny bows and ribbons discarded into a green bag, even the most conscientious recyclers may inadvertently be creating a headache for the folks at the local waste management plant.
As CBC reports, our collective recycling skills still need some refinement, particularly after the holidays. Many Canadians still haven’t mastered the difference between what gets recycled, what gets thrown in the trash and what gets sorted into compost – and this applies doubly to the discarded remains of our Christmas loot.
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The news network spoke to Heather Myers, disposal manager at P.E.I.’s Island Waste Management Corporation, who said her employees tend to find themselves up to their ears in extra sorting at this time of year.
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