Tips for Going Green for the Holidays

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The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they can also generate a lot of preventable waste. Below are just a few suggestions for going greener this holiday season: 

Cleaning Is a Recycling Opportunity
The holidays can be a mess to clean up after, but getting rid of all that clutter is a great opportunity to use the recycling options provided by the City of Columbia Heights and local donation drop spots. Call (763) 706-3700 for more info or to request a recycling packet.

Shed Some Light
Holiday string lights are a beautiful decoration during the dark days of winter. When your current string lights burn out, you can bring them to the Columbia Heights Recycling/Drop Off Center (see below).

Consider the Christmas Tree
Citywide Christmas tree pickup will begin Mon, Jan 6, and continue through Fri, Jan 17. Residents must call 1-888-960-0008 to schedule the pickup. Don’t buy a flocked or painted tree as they can’t be composted. Bring artificial trees you want to get rid of to the recycling center (see below). Remove all lights and decorations before disposal.

Going Green for Holiday Parties or Gatherings
Consider only serving food and beverages in washable or recyclable containers. Use decorations that can be reused in future years, and limit or don’t use balloons. Provide recycling bins for cans, bottles, and other recyclables that may be produced at your event. Simply roll out your cart from your home or borrow event recycling bins from Anoka County (763) 324-3400. Extra recyclables can be brought to the Recycling Center, call 763-706-3700 to arrange. Use tableware made with recycled content. If not using washable dishes, consider using compostable products with a BPI logo. Call 763-706-3700 to order a City compost cart. Find more resources and tips about preventing food waste at savethefood.com

Columbia Heights Recycling/Drop Off
• Dumpster for cardboard and extra recycling carts available
• Open Sat, 9 am to 1 pm, closed Nov 30, Dec 21, Jan 4
• Madison Street and 38th Place NE

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