10 Ways to Cut Pounds — of Waste! — This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we all know how labor-intensive preparing the big meal can be. But we’re not always aware of how much extra waste we create!

On average, household waste increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the EPA. We become so busy during the holidays, it can easily become a time to think less and waste more.

This Thanksgiving, try out these tips to keep some of those extra pounds of waste out of the landfill.

1. Remember to bring your reusable bags when grocery shopping, including reusable produce bags.

2. Choose products that have minimal packaging, or packaging that can be recycled. It’s easier to avoid waste by shopping from fresh produce sections, bulk bins and farmer’s markets. Also, food cans are more eco-friendly than plastic packaging, but they aren’t as green as fresh produce brought home in a reusable produce bag.

3. At home, skip the aluminum pan and use a roasting pan instead. Even though aluminum trays are recyclable, recycling requires a lot of resources, so a reusable pan is a greener choice.

4. Break out your reusable dishes and silverware for the holiday instead of using disposable plates.

5. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins — you’ll add elegance and reduce waste at the same time.

6. When serving beverages, opt for tap water over bottled water — you can add some lemon or cucumber slices to jazz it up. You can also make holiday beverages like apple cider, spiced wine or sangria in bulk, instead of serving individual beverage containers.

7. Avoid plastic wrap when storing leftovers by using food storage containers instead.

8. Use natural objects such as gourds, cinnamon sticks, acorns and pinecones to brighten your space instead of shopping for store-bought decor. If you’re feeling crafty, here are some additional ideas from Pinterest:

9. If you end up with leftovers that didn’t go home with guests and you couldn’t finish in time, remember to put them in the Compost Cart.

10. Remember to recycle! If you’re not sure if something belongs in your recycling, just look it up in our Recycling Guide!

As important as it is to reduce waste and recycle, no matter how you choose to celebrate, remember to be thankful for who you’re with and all that you have.

Happy Thanksgiving!

5 Reasons to Recycle for America Recycles Day

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What if you knew there was something easy you could do every day that creates jobs while saving money, energy and water? Actually, there is: Recycling!

To celebrate America Recycles Day, check out these 5 reasons why we should all be recycling, every chance we get.

1. Recycling keeps trash out of the landfill.

According to the EPA, in the U.S. we are currently able to keep 35 percent of our trash out of landfills and incinerators through recycling and composting. In California, we manage to keep 44 percent of our trash out of the landfill. That’s a good start, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. It’s important to keep as much material out of the landfill as possible because all items that we produce are made from valuable and limited resources. We want to hang onto as much of it as we can for future use.

2. Recycling reduces our need for new raw materials.

Extracting raw materials from the environment is expensive. It also uses up a lot of water and energy. When we recycle, we extract less, which conserves many of our precious (and finite!) natural resources, including trees, water, oil and metals. The more we recycle, the more we protect our resources!

3. Recycling conserves energy.

Recycling saves a lot of energy. Every year, recyclers across the country save the same amount of energy it would take to power 14 million homes for a full year. That’s the equivalent of turning off the power for one out of every 10 homes for an entire year.

4. Recycling creates jobs.

In the U.S., recycling and reuse activities provide 757,000 jobs and produce $36 billion in wages each year. Choosing to recycle isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for the economy too.

5. Recycling reduces pollution.

The process of extracting raw materials can produce a lot of pollution. Because more recycling means less extraction, it also means less pollution. Even better, when we recycle more, we send less material to landfills. Material decaying in landfills often emits methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times as potent as carbon dioxide, so the less of that, the better!

How Can You Recycle Correctly?

It’s important to recycle correctly! Items that don’t belong in the recycling can damage sorting machinery, causing expensive delays. Also, when the wrong materials get mixed in with the right ones (known as “contamination” in the recycling world), it reduces the value of other recyclables that were sorted correctly.

So how can you find out how to recycle correctly? By using our searchable Recycling Guide. Simply look up any item in our Recycling Guide, and you’ll find tips on recycling, reusing and reducing that item.

Happy recycling!

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater (Video)

Winter is well on its way, but what if your sweaters aren’t ready for sweater weather?

There’s no need to toss a sweater over small holes. Check out this DIY tutorial to see how you can fix them, and by the time you’re done your sweater will be almost as good as new!

Thanksgiving Collection Schedule

If your service day falls on one of three holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day — your trash, recycling, and compost will be picked up the following day, and service will be a day later than normal for the rest of that week (through Saturday). We provide normal service on ALL other holidays.

Thursday, November 28: No collection. Office closed.

Friday, November 29: Thursday collection. Office open until noon.

Saturday, November 30: Friday collection. Office closed.

Recycle Your Cooking Oil!

Free curbside pickup!

Call (707) 255-5200 to receive a collection container!

The Recycle More program picks up used cooking oil by appointment and replaces the can with an empty one. This program is for cooking oil only. Please put solid fats & grease in the brown compost cart.

Free drop-off for used cooking oil:

Devlin Road Reuse & Recycle Center
889B Devlin Road, American Canyon
Daily 8:30am – 3:30pm | (707) 258-9018

Compost Your Leaves, Pumpkins & Food Scraps!

NRWS Customers

NRWS customers are provided up to two compost carts at no charge. Additional carts are available for a small fee. Call (707) 255-5200 for additional carts.

You may also stop by our main Napa office to pick up one box of compostable bags for your extra leaves. Please call ahead for an extra pickup on your regular pickup day (up to two times per year).

Did you know it is illegal to blow your leaves into the street? Leaves left in the street end up in storm drains and cause flooding.

(Napa Municipal Code sections 12.16.020 and 8.36.050)

NCRWS Customers

NCRWS customers are provided up to four compost carts at no charge. Additional carts are available for a small fee. Call (707) 255-5200 for additional carts.

You may also stop by our main Napa office to pick up one box of compostable bags for your extra leaves. Please call ahead for extra pick-up on your regular pickup day (up to two times per year).

Respook. Rewear. Rescare!

Let’s Make Halloween Eek-O-Friendly!

Donate gently worn costumes through November 12th at these sites.

We’ll re-distribute donated costumes at events next Halloween. Please do not drop off costumes at any time other than the specified days and hours listed!

Napa Recycling & Waste Services
598 Lincoln Ave | Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:00pm

Utilities Dept, City of Napa
1700 Second Street, Suite 100 | Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:00pm

Las Flores Community Center
4300 Linda Vista Ave | Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm

Napa County Library
580 Coombs St | Mon – Thurs 10am – 9pm, Fri & Sat 10am – 6pm
In the Library’s kids area, there is a temporary take, exchange & donate costume rack!

Community Resources for Children*
3299 Claremont Way | Mon – Thurs 9am – 5pm, Fri 10am – 4pm

*This is the ONLY location able to offer a receipt for your tax-deductible costume donation.

Questions? Email naparecycles@cityofnapa.org or call (707) 258-7864.

Businesses interested in donating costumes should contact the Community Resources for Children office at (707) 253-0376.

CanDo’s Give! Guide for Napa Valley

Inspiring a Community of Givers

From November 1 – December 31, support one or more terrific local nonprofits by donating to Napa Valley’s CanDo, a local grassroots community service organization.

You can donate any amount, starting at $10. You may vary the amount you donate to each nonprofit.

There are two ways to give: CanDoGiveGuide.org (card) or the print catalog (check). With the exception of usual credit card costs, all funds go to your selected nonprofits. CanDo takes no fee.

All donations are tax-deductible.

There are thank you gifts for every donor and Big Give Day incentives! See their website for details.

The website’s real-time ticker shows donations as they come in. The kickoff celebration in early November is free and open to the public. See their website for more details.

You make a choice. You make a difference. We make it easy.

Learn more at CanDoGiveGuide.org.

NVCanDo.org | (707) 252-7743
PO Box 855, Napa, CA 94559