12 Days of Be Waste Wise Holiday Tips

Welcome to the City of St. Albert’s 12 Days of Be Waste Wise Holiday tips! Learn ways to reduce your waste this season when shopping, wrapping gifts and celebrating the holidays.

Day 1

Elf on scarfs

It's getting chilly out there! If you have any extra winter clothes such as scarves, mittens, and hats that you no longer need, don’t throw them out – consider donating them so someone else can stay warm this holiday.

Day 2

Elf with holiday tree decorations

When shopping for decorations this holiday, pick quality products that will last several seasons. If you no longer need the decorations, share or swap with friends!

Day 3

Elf in popcorn bowl with DVD cases beside it

Give experiences and share memories that don’t need wrapping! Gift concert tickets or take a friend to a restaurant for a nice dinner.

Day 4

Elf in front of candy boxes

Give handmade items as gifts, such as holiday cookies or soaps and put them in reusable containers.

Day 5

Elf in front of photos

How do you know something will last? When it already has! Pass on a family heirloom, or something you cherish from your childhood. It will make for a memorable gift.

Day 6

Elf sitting on guitar

Take up a hobby together! Or pass on a skill such as teaching a loved one how to knit or play an instrument. No gift wrap required!

Day 7

Elf reading holiday book

Read any good books lately? Re-gifting a book is a great way to share that experience with someone you care about, while ensuring the book itself is put to good use.

Day 8

Elf sitting on presents

Wrap gifts using reusable materials like a scarf or cloth bag, or reuse festive gift bags.

Day 9

Elf wrapped in bows

Skip the bows and ribbons! These decorations cannot be recycled. If you do receive gifts with bows and ribbons, try to reuse them. If you can’t, they should go in the garbage.

Day 10

Elf hanging upside down from holiday lights

Old Christmas lights can be dropped off at the Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot for safe disposal.

Day 11

Elf on

Before recycling, use old Christmas cards to create gift tags.

Day 12

Elf in blue recycling bag with wrapping paper

Remember after the holidays to put wrapping paper (no foil, glitter or tissue paper) and cardboard boxes into your Blue Recycling Bag. 


Last edited: December 3, 2021