Waste Management encouraging a ‘green' Christmas

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(KSL News) The traditional carol calls for a white Christmas, but how about making the holiday a little more "green?"

Many homes will be filled with wrapping paper, boxes and gift bags tomorrow, but there are a few things everyone can do to cut back on the amount of trash generated this holiday season.

Waste Management of Utah is encouraging everyone to think green. The company suggests:

  • Set aside a bin to recycle cardboard and wrapping paper.
  • Donate or recycle the old to make room for the new.
  • Make your own wrapping paper using newspaper, old maps or posters.

"We try throughout the year to get the message across about recycling, and that it's not a difficult thing to do. It takes a little thought -- one thing for this can, one thing for that can -- but it can be done," said Susan Hayward, spokeswoman for Waste Management of Utah.

About 1 million extra tons of trash will be generated during the holiday season.

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