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Take Care of Texas this Holiday Season!

Tips for doing your part to Take Care of Texas this season.

While the holiday season may be a time for family, food, and celebration, it is also a time when Texans generate a tremendous amount of waste. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, we produce approximately 25 percent more trash. Don't worry; the following is a list of trouble-free ways you can reduce your amount of waste and energy consumption:

  • Consider gifts that require less packaging.
  • Reuse or recycle wrapping paper and gift bags.
  • Take reusable cloth bags for holiday shopping.
  • Send recycled-content or electronic greeting cards.
  • Turn down the heat before guests arrive for your holiday party.
  • Compost leftover food scraps.
  • Use cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware.
  • Recycle your live Christmas tree or buy a potted Christmas tree and plant it after the holidays.
  • Donate or recycle your old computer or television if you get new ones. Learn how at and
  • Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts.
  • Use energy-efficient strings of light-emitting diode (LED) holiday lights.
  • Look for Energy Star ratings for electronic gifts.

For more tips and environmentally friendly practices, visit Make your number one resolution in 2014 to Take Care of Texas!

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