The holidays are a peak time for waste. Here’s how to deal with it.
Dec. 5, 2019
By Natasha Pinon
If we had to make any predictions about the state of your home’s cleanliness at the moment, we’d guess that it’s probably in a somewhat dismal state, with wrapping paper, greeting cards, and half-eaten holiday cookies strewn everywhere.
At least, that’s probably what your home looks like if you belong to the average American household, a cohort that dumps an additional one million tons of waste per week in landfills during the holiday season, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the EPA estimates that the waste produced by American households increases by more than 25 percent.
“This is a peak time of year, in terms of the waste that we generate,” Randy Hartmann, the senior director of affiliate operations at Keep America Beautiful, said.