Shopping from the comfort of your home in your PJs is easy. Deciphering what to do with all the packaging that comes with those fabulous purchases is the hard part. Check out these tips to learn how to dispose of online shopping waste wisely.
Looking for ways to reduce packaging from online purchases?
Try filling your cart throughout the week and combining purchases into one weekly delivery. Choose “Frustration-Free” Packaging to reduce extra boxes.
Consider shopping at stores that use thoughtful packaging materials. As this concept becomes more mainstream, the demand will increase and gain popularity!
Choose ground delivery to reduce air travel. This option can save you a bit of money and also reduces the carbon footprint of your package.
Shop at local businesses and bring your own bag or containers.
Check out these recycling tips from previous blogs:
Join The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department and Harris County Precinct 4 for a 1-day drive-through electronics recycling and document shredding event. This event is for residents of The Woodlands only, no businesses. Proof of residence is required (Driver’s license, water bill, or other documentation with Woodlands address).
Appointments are required for electronics recycling (Walk-ups will not be accepted). Registration link below.
Document shredding does not require an appointment, capacity is limited.
Electronics recycling is offered by appointment only. Prices vary by item (see pricing above). Cash or check only. Capacity is limited to 250 appointments. Walk-ups will not be accepted.
Did you know? Electronics can be recycled in our community year-round at local stores such as Best Buy, Staples or Office Depot, many at no cost. Residents of Montgomery County can also take electronics to thePrecinct 3 Recycling Facility every Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for the same fees as this event. There is no limit on number of items you may take to this facility.
Secure, on site document shredding is available while capacity lasts for $5 per file box full (or equivalent quantity). No appointment is required.
Can’t to make this event? Another drive-thru document shredding event will be held on November 13, 2021 at the3R Recycling Drive thru. For a year-round option, UPS and FedEx stores offer secure document shredding service for$1 and $1.49 per pound of paper respectively.
Keep The Woodlands recycling program going strong by refreshing your knowledge of curbside guidelines. Above all, follow the Golden Rule of Recycling: place only the approved items in your recycling cart. Items other than those specified are considered contaminants. Common contaminants included plastic bags, tanglers (cords or string), food waste, hazardous waste, and Styrofoam. These itemsharm machinery, endanger workers and reduce the value of the approved materials.
Many items that don’t belong in your curbside cart can be recycled locally. Findwhere to take plastic bags, electronics, Styrofoam, batteries and more with The Woodlands Township’s Recycle More Guide.
Did you know? Half of the contamination found in our recycling is bagged recyclables. Are you collecting recyclables in a bag? Simply empty the contents into the cart. Take clean plastic bags back to grocery stores for recycling. Trash the dirty ones. Share this tip with three friends or neighbors to keep our recycling program strong.
Pizza nights are a common family tradition – over 93% of Americans enjoy the cheesy pie at least once a month. And most of us think recycling the box when we’re done is the right thing to do. We are right, aren’t we? Well, sort of.
If you are an avid recycler, and we know you are, trashing any piece of cardboard goes against your nature. But, placing cardboard and paper soaked in oil,sauce and cheese in the trash is the right thing to do! Food and grease are the most frequent and costliest contaminants in the paper recycling process.
If the top half of the box is clean and salvageable, cut or tear off the clean part for recycling and trash the greasy part. If the extra cheese on your pizza sticks to the top and bottom the top of the box, trash it. It’s better this way!
Please note some cities recycle pizza boxes because their recycling facility is equipped to do so and there is an end market for soiled cardboard. Greasy cardboard may work in some areas, but not in ours. Here, they only contaminate the good material. Find out more about local recycling contaminants here.
Help keep The Woodlands recycling program successful by sharing the 4-1-1- on pizza boxes with friends and family at your next pizza party!
Check out these recycling tips from previous blogs:
Celebrate America Recycles Day at this convenient, free one-day recycling event from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle or bicycleon Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of The Woodlands High School (enter from Millennium Forest Dr).
This recycling drive-thru event provides opportunities to recycle items that cannot be recycled in curbside carts. Refer to the list below for accepted items and guidelines. Free recycling is for residents only, please no businesses.
Please note, for the safety of staff, volunteers and residents, the following guidelines are in place. All volunteers and staff will wear face coverings. Participants are required to wear a face covering, as well, while items are being removed from the car. If you don’t have one, we’re happy to provide one.
This year’s Village Recycling Challenge item is Alkaline AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V batteries. This friendly competition awards funds for scholarships to Villages with the highest participation; funds are donated by The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. Please label your bag/box of batteries with your Village’s name.
Free 1-Day Drive-thru Recycling
Bag or box items separately by category and place them in your trunk or rearpassenger–side seat for safe access by volunteers. A volunteer will open the trunk or rear-side passenger door to remove items. Residents only, no businesses please.
Batteries – Alkaline AA, AAA, C, D, and 9Vlabeled with village name.
Disposable razors and packaging. See this list for examples.
Eyeglasses, sunglasses and cases
Oral Care Products – Toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers.
Snack and drink pouches – Any brand with straws and pouch lids. See this list for examples.
Styrofoam block packaging – No food containers or cups.
Textiles – Overly worn clothing, shoes, linens, fabric scraps and other unusable textiles. Please donate any good, usable items to local charities here.
Secure on-site document shredding
Residential only - limited capacity (first come, first served)
Recommended donation of 5 cans of food or $5 per box; benefits Interfaith Food Pantry