Great Lakes group warns against holiday trash

Dec 21, 2016

The holiday season can be a happy time for many. But it may cause trouble for the environment.


Americans generate much more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day -- about 25 percent more. That’s according to the Vanderbilt University Guide on Sustainability. 

The issue concerns many environmental groups in the Great Lakes region. Nate Drag from the Alliance for the Great Lakes says there are ways to avoid contributing to the increase of holiday trash.

Holiday wrapping and waste poses concerns for environment.

“Being more conscious about what you're purchasing and whether it’s something that people will need and use and will last for a long time -- or if it’s something that they might not need and can be thrown away quickly,” he said. “So thinking about our consumer decisions, past opening up a gift.”

And, how you wrap your gift could make a difference as well.

“You can always reuse paper that that you used before,” Drag said. “The comics is always work well.”

The report said that if each person wrapped just three gifts with reusable materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.