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December 7, 2010

MADISON - The holiday season is a time of giving and sharing with family and friends. While enjoying these traditions, you can also take steps to reduce waste, save money and be creative while making the holidays green.

An average Wisconsin resident generates 1,259 pounds of solid waste each year. This amounts to nearly three-and-a-half pounds per day, including both household waste and an individual's share of commercial waste. During the holidays, waste can increase with extra packaging, gift wrap, disposable dishes, leftover food and more.

A variety of tips on reducing holiday waste, giving green gifts and reducing energy consumption is available on the Department of Natural Resources website.

"From using less packaging and buying environmentally friendly gifts, to creative reuse of materials in decorations, the holiday season offers many opportunities to reduce waste, help the environment and save money," says Cynthia Moore, DNR recycling manager.

The DNR's holiday waste reduction tips can be found on the DNR's EEK! Environmental Education for Kids website. Some suggestions include:

Holiday Preparation Tips
Gift-Giving Tips
After-holiday Tips

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Kiefaber, (608) 267-2463

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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