By Nina Wu
Every year, Americans typically generate 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
Here are some interesting statistics pulled from www.use-less-stuff.com:
* If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.
* If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
* If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
Here's a reminder on what and where you can recycle in Honolulu.
* Recycle your non-working, defunct Christmas lights at Lowe's, which will take them at its stores until Jan. 4. Home Depot also takes broken Christmas lights for recycling. Keep in mind for next year that in November, Home Depot offers a promotion where you can get a coupon discount on new LED lights if you bring in your old incandescent lights.
* Recycle cardboard boxes (corrugated cardboard boxes, i.e. typical UPS packages) in your blue bin for curbside pickup, along with glass, No. 1 and No. 2 plastic, white office paper and newspapers.
* Recycle beverage containers at your holiday parties. Sometimes it's as simple as setting aside a trash bag for recycling. If there isn't one set up already, volunteer to collect glass, plastic and aluminum and take it to a recycling center.
* Reuse ribbons, bags, boxes and bows for presents next year. Why not? Or try reusing lauhala boxes, tin cans or go for furoshiki (Japanese fabric wrap) next year.
* Christmas tree in the green bin: After you've decided it's time to take the Christmas tree down, don't forget to chop it down (tinsel and ornament free) and put it in your green bin or haul it to a city convenience center so it can be composted and return to the earth.
* Recycle old electronics. If you're getting new electronics this holiday season and don't know what to do with your old equipment, recycle them. Pacific Corporate Solutions offers free computer recycling events at the following locations in January:
Jan. 5, 2013: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pearl City Highlands Elementary School parking lot, 1419 Waimano Home Rd.
Jan. 12, 2013: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Kailua Intermediate School parking lot, 147 S. Kainalu Dr. in Kailua.
Jan. 26, 2013: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Kaneohe Elementary School parking lot, 45-495 Kamehameha Highway.
Old computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, keyboards, VCR and DVD players are accepted. No TVs, microwaves or alkaline batteries. Call 488-8872 or visit www.ewastehawaii.com.
For more tips on how to trim your holiday wasteline, visit www.use-less-stuff.com/ULSDAY/42ways.html.
Lowes, by the way, also collects rechargeable batteries and CFLs for recycling.