Christmas is over and many local kids are probably thrilled with presents left behind by Santa. But there’s another thing left behind with all those gifts that make the holidays one of the busiest times of the year for Waste Management and other disposal companies – the wrapping and packaging that for a short couple of weeks, made those presents sparkle with anticipation.
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to talk recycling – because so much of it is generated this time of year and recycling is a simple, environmental activity kids can do every day to make a difference.
1st Annual Art Contest
How do you and your kids recycle? Kids can channel their inner artist and environmentalist and participate in Waste Management’s first annual Snoqualmie Student Art Contest. It’s also a great project for kids during Winter Break!
It’s simple. Kids just need to create an art piece showing how they recycle everyday. That’s it. All Snoqualmie students and school-age residents (K-12) are eligible.
All those recycling drawings will be displayed at the Snoqualmie City Hall – AND winners will have their artwork featured in the 2015-2016 Snoqualmie Recycling Guide. The judging committee includes Mayor Matt Larson and others from the Snoqualmie community.
Drawings may be submitted at Snoqualmie City Hall or to your student’s art teacher at Snoqualmie Elementary, Cascade View Elementary or Mount Si High School. All artwork must be have a completed entry form attached with a paper clip or in an envelope.
Holiday Recycling Tips
Decorations and Wrapping
- If every family in the U.S. reused just 2 feet of holiday ribbon, we could save 38,000 miles of ribbon. Store decorations, lights, and gift-wrap properly, so they will be useable next Christmas.
- Plain wrapping paper (without foil or special materials) is recyclable in your blue curbside recycling cart. Mixed-material wrapping paper is not recyclable.
- Save cards to make your own recycled cards from old cards, paper scraps and magazines throughout the year. This can be a great project for kids.
- Look to fix Christmas lights before buying new sets. Learn how to repair Christmas lights.
- Many Puget Sound locations will accept holiday lights to recycle. Visit King County’s website for specific locations and/or call to verify.
Gifts and Packaging
- Donate textiles, furniture, electronics and more at the Snoqualmie Goodwill Donation Center (7805 Fisher Park Avenue SE).
- Every year, 3 billion plastic gift cards enter circulation. Once you have used your holiday gift cards, consider mailing them to Earthworks to be recycled.
- If you were lucky to receive electronics during the holidays, you might have an older version to recycle. Give your device to a friend, sell it or donate it.
- The Snoqualmie Goodwill Donation Center collects computers, laptops and TVs/monitors (under 19”) in working or non-working condition.
- Best Buy accepts a wide-range of electronics, including lap-tops, cell phones and accessories, rechargeable batteries (not lead-acid), speakers, DVDs, CDs, mp3 players, and digital cameras (photo and video). Visit their website or call their Issaquah store (425) 394-0999 for more details.
- For locations to bring other electronics, visit ecyclewashington.org or call 1-800-RECYCLE.
- Take foam peanuts to a mailing store, like UPS. Call ahead to make sure they accept them. Take foam packaging V&G Styro Recycle near the Renton Ikea. (253) 838-9555.