November/December 2016


In This Issue

DIY Holiday Gifts
LCSWMA Holiday Hours
Waste Matters Archive
Dining Green for the Holidays

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift

This year, give your loved ones a gift that is both unique and sustainable! Check out our Pinterest board for DIY holiday gifts that your friends and family will love.


Holiday Hours

LCSWMA Building

Christmas Eve Day
Saturday, December 24
All Facilities Closed

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
All Facilities Closed

New Year's Day
Sunday, January 1, 2017
All Facilities Closed


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Dining Green for the Holidays


While the holiday season often means splurging, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate without being wasteful. Many of us will spend lots of time with friends and family around the dinner table, where perhaps the most excess waste occurs. Here are some tips to help you enjoy holiday meals with loved ones, and make sustainable choices.

Setting the Table.
Though it's tempting to go with the convenience of disposable products, they aren't always eco-friendly. Instead, stick with reusable dinnerware and table linens. Expecting a large crowd and afraid you'll run out of dinnerware? Show off your creativity without breaking the bank by purchasing an eclectic mix of plates, cups and silverware at a flea market or garage sale.

Going green for the holidays can be fun too - check out these reusable napkin folding ideas that are sure to impress.

Think Local.
Much of your holiday meal can be purchased locally thanks to local growers. Beans, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, eggplants, onions, mushrooms, potatoes and squash are all produce that can be bought locally during the winter months. Not only does locally grown food put money back into your community, it also reduces your food's carbon footprint because many grocery stores ship from across the country and overseas. Local farmer's markets are a good place to start.

Eliminate Food Waste.
Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's than any other time of year, and food waste makes up about 21% of what is discarded.

The first step to reducing holiday food waste is determining how much you'll need to feed your guests. Keep these "rules of thumb" in mind while planning for your event.

If you still have leftovers despite your efforts, don't fret. Send them home with guests. Encourage guests to bring reusable containers to dinner so they're prepared to take food home when the festivities end.

Composting is another easy way to eliminate holiday food waste. New to composting? Learn more here.

For green decorating and giving tips, click here.


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