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Tis the season to create holiday memories, not garbage

It’s the season of giving, but it’s also the season of garbage.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) is urging you to 'create holiday memories, not garbage' this winter.

“The ‘Create Holiday Memories, Not Garbage’ is a campaign courtesy of our partners at Metro Vancouver,” explained Cynthia Coates, waste reduction facilitator at the RDCO.

"It's a festive, fun, resource friendly campaign providing some great gift and wrapping ideas that people may not have thought of. It also reduces the amount of waste generated during the holiday season."

<who>Photo Credit: RDCO

The idea is to give gifts of experiences rather than more stuff that is often in plastic packaging, needs wrapping paper and could even be a gift that produces more waste when it’s in use.

The RDCO offered up a number of interesting suggestions:

  • Offer your dog walking or cat sitting services
  • Sign someone up for an online cooking class or online theatre show
  • Make homemade treats for friends and neighbours
  • Gift a movie or sporting event experience
  • Organize a winter snow shoe or hike with your family bubble
  • Sponsor a child, charity, rain forest cause in lieu of gift

There is no way to completely escape giving physical gifts around the holiday season, but Coates says you can take steps against producing waste if that’s the route you choose to take.

“You can always make choices on packaging that’s more easily recyclable in our program,” said Coates. “A really good portion of the packaging is recyclable so we can still get that away from the landfill at least and have it recycled.”

Another suggestion is using reusable gift bags rather than wrapping paper and if you must wrap, avoid foil based papers because they’re not recyclable.

You can also use things like newspaper to wrap your gifts, or a tea towel that can be put back into use after present opening is complete.

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