The holiday season is in full swing with decorations hung and presents wrapped waiting to be opened. Aside from all of the holiday cheer, there is a huge uptick in waste created at this time of year. Did you know from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%? Here are some more holiday paper facts:
- The extra holiday food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.*
- An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high.**
- Nationwide, an estimated 15 million used Christmas trees end up in landfills.**
- In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.*
You can help reduce holiday waste by buying holiday cards and giftwrap printed on recycled content, reusing gift bags and shipping materials, and lowering the amount of holiday cards you send out.
But reducing paper waste doesn’t have to stop at the end of the holiday season. Companies can reduce paper in their most paper-intensive departments, like accounts payable and human resources, with document scanning services and document management solutions. Learn more about reducing paper in your office with AIIM’s eBook, “8 Things You Need to Know About Getting Rid of Paper.”
All of us at Digiscribe New England wish you a holiday season filled with warmth, comfort, and good cheer.