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Press release from CNW Group

British Columbia Gears up for a Green Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

British Columbia Gears up for a Green Holiday Season13:52 EST Tuesday, December 06, 2011Survey finds British Columbia making strides in green holiday traditions.VANCOUVER, Dec. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - According to a recent Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by Waste Management looking at Canadians' environmental behaviours during the holidays, British Columbia is among the leaders in holiday sustainability.British Columbians have a relatively good awareness of recycling programs in their communities but still trail behind other provinces when it comes to green practices during the holidays. Nine out of ten (91%) of British Columbians know that they can recycle their Christmas trees, but only half (55%) are using reusable bags while shopping, falling behind Quebec with 65 per cent."Plastic bags are a difficult material to deal with in the waste stream," said Waste Management spokesperson, Chris Lynch. "While more plastic bags are being recycled, too many end up in the landfill, especially during the holidays when consumption is above average."When it comes to Christmas decorations, LED lights have been found to be more energy efficient than the incandescent variety. The survey revealed that 56 per cent of British Columbians are using LEDs to decorate their homes during the holidays, more than Quebec with 42 per cent, but not quite as many as in the Saskatchewan/Manitoba region with 67 per cent."LED tree lights can save 90 per cent more energy than traditional incandescent holiday lights, said Lynch. "With a lifespan of approximately 20,000 hours, they can last for 40 holiday seasons! LED lights also burn less hot and reduce any risk associated with burns or fires."Overall, the survey revealed that Canadians across the country are gearing up for a green holiday season, as public awareness about waste-reducing strategies grows.Waste Management offers the following tips to Canadians interested in conserving this holiday season:When wrapping presents, look for alternatives to buying new wrapping paper. This will save on costs and ensure that leftover paper does not go to waste.Remember to bring reusable shopping bags with you to the mall as well as the grocery store, to help reduce the amount of plastic bags in the waste stream.When those new toys come in, make sure the old ones do not end up in the trash. Find a local consignment store or shelter where you can donate old, working devices and clothing.Don't be shy, re-gift! Re-gifting unwanted presents cuts back on holiday spending and waste.Recycle your Christmas tree! Many communities have tree-mulching programs that will compost your tree after the holidays. Contact your community's works department to find out if there's a program in your community.The full Ipsos Reid survey survey results can be found at: http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=5425ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENTWaste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company's customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.For further information: Waste Management Chris Lynch CLynch6@wm.com  Media: Kate Longmoore Kate.longmoore@cohnwolfe.ca