KCNB wishing for a green Christmas

COVINGTON -- The joys of a white Christmas have been extolled for ages, and the King of Rock n' Roll taught us all about the misery of a blue one. But who has ever heard of a green Christmas?

Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful can explain: Going green for Christmas is all about the catch-phrase of the eco-conscious -- "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

That simple phrase can apply to just about any situation that pops up during the holidays. Take the traditional Christmas feast, for example.

"Americans throw away pounds of food. When planning your menus, try to be careful in planning quantities," KCNB advises in a press release. "When you are preparing your plate, take only small spoonfuls of each dish in amounts you are sure you can comfortably eat ... When you do have leftovers, consider offering them to elderly neighbors, to those who spent the holidays alone, or to others who did not enjoy a large holiday meal of their own."

To reduce the amount of garbage generated, set the table with Christmas china instead of disposable products, KCNB recommends.

Gift-giving is a fun part of the holidays, but the packaging can also be very wasteful. KCNB recommends giving gifts that do not involve packaging, such as gift cards or certificates or tickets to a performance. For packages that require wrapping, use comic pages from the newspaper, which can be recycled after presents are opened, or place gifts in a decorative box or basket that can be used again.

KCNB also recommends thinking twice before tossing old items in favor of the new ones. Instead of tossing what you no longer need into the garbage, donate it to charity.

Electronic items can be recycled the first Saturday of each month at the Newton County Landfill's E-Cycle event, from 8 a.m. to noon.

To save on utility bills this season, use smaller, LED lights to decorate. Home Depot will recycle LED and CFL bulbs, KCNB advises. Also, use rechargeable batteries whenever possible and give them with electronic gifts, along with a charger.

Finally, KCNB asks everyone to hold onto their live Christmas trees until the Bring One for the Chipper event, which will take place from 9 a .m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at all Neighborhood Recycling Centers. The trees will be recycled and turned into mulch, then offered back to citizens free of charge at the Newton County Landfill and the City of Covington Recycling Center.