A new Thanksgiving tradition

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

November has arrived and with it our thoughts turn toward turkey and cooler temperatures. But did you know that Thanksgiving is also a perfect time to show a little appreciation for our planet by recycling?

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Thanks to food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week in our landfills.

Thanksgiving Day is an American holiday that is loaded with tradition, so why not start a new tradition in your family by making Thanksgiving a green and eco-friendly celebration?

After deep frying your turkey, recycle your used cooking oil at the City of Durham’s Waste Disposal & Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well as Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Any type of cooking oil (peanut, corn, canola, olive, etc.) is accepted, and in turn, processed to become biodiesel fuel.

Also, don’t forget to recycle other items that result from your Thanksgiving feast, such as cardboard, aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, mixed paper, yogurt and margarine containers. Just place these items in your curbside recycling cart and the City of Durham will do the rest!

Get more recycling tips at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/Recycling.aspx and remember. It’s the simple steps that can help all of us live a little greener.

Larrisha McGill is waste reduction coordinator in the Durham County General Services Department.