Recycling in the winter

Winter can be a busy time of year, especially with the holidays fast approaching. With plenty to do around the house and the colder temperatures enticing you to stay snuggled up near a cozy fire, it can be difficult to stay motivated about normal household routines such as recycling. The holidays should be a time to gather together with a room full of laughter and entertainment, but by keeping a few simple tips fresh in the back of your mind, it is easy to stay on top of your recycling habits and still enjoy spending time with friends and family during the holiday season.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind at home and at your workplace this winter that might help keep you motivated and recycling all season long:

At home:

You can wrap your gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper instead of buying    wrapping paper.

If your Christmas card list seems to keep growing each year, consider purchasing cards that are made from recycled content.

The holidays are a busy time for batteries; in fact 40% of battery sales occur during the holidays. If you plan on stocking up this season, consider switching to rechargeable batteries this year.

Bring reusable bags from home when you venture out to do your holiday shopping.

Invest in a programmable thermostat to help keep the temperature lower at night and while you are away, this is a great way to save money and energy throughout the year.

Turn lights off when you leave a room and consider automatic timers for your indoor and outdoor holiday light.


At work:

Talk to your boss or purchasing manager about switching to recycled paper and consider placing a receptacle next to the printer to collect misprinted pages for  recycling later.

If you have large documents that need printing, consider two-sided printing if your printer is capable and you will use 50% less paper!

Rather than provide disposable cups for the office coffee maker or water cooler, encourage staff to use reusable cups.

Be sure to turn off all of the office lights and power down computers and other electronics after everyone has left for the evening.

Recycle print cartridges rather than disposing of them in the trash, or consider getting your ink cartridges refilled if the service is available in your area.

We hope that these tips will give you some new ideas and inspiration to keep you motivated and recycling all season long. At Papillion Sanitation we encourage recycling because not only will it help the environment, but it will help your community too. We strive to provide excellent service and are always dedicated to putting our customers first. Our goal is to create an environment where self-directed, empowered employees strive to consistently fulfill our commitments to both our internal and external customers, always relying on our Operating Values as the foundation for our existence.

As a public company, we have the resources to meet every customer’s needs in a cost-effective and environmentally-compatible manner. We understand the markets, the philosophy, and the unique needs of the customers we serve whether they are industry, commercial accounts, municipal jurisdictions, or individual subscribers. If we can help you with your recycling needs, please visit us online at or give us a call at (402) 346-7800. From all of us at Papillion Sanitation, we wish you a safe, enjoyable, and green holiday season!