There's snow on the ground. Lights are up. Candy canes are out. Gingerbread is in the oven. The tree is aglow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Reduce, reuse, recycle during the holidays

Did you know? Household waste can increase more than 25% during the holiday season. With all the shopping and gift wrapping, there can be a lot of waste. Reduce, reuse and recycle this season!


  • Whenever possible, support local retailers and businesses.
  • Bring your own reusable bag when shopping.
  • Consider purchasing vintage or upcycled items.
  • If buying online: cardboard shipping boxes and brown kraft paper go in your Recycling for Papers, while envelopes padded with plastic, bubble wrap, air filled cushions, plastic mailing bags and pouches go in your Garbage.

Waste-less Gifts

  • Consider giving “waste-less gifts”: create experiences and memories, and not more “stuff”:
    • Tickets to see theatre, dance, music, or opera.
    • Gift certificates for spa services, a weekend away at a local resort, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ATV trips, ski passes, boat cruises, etc.
  • Purchase arts and crafts from a local artisan or gallery.
  • Donate to a local charity or non-profit.

Wrap It Up

Watch our video about giftwrap and environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Landfill holiday hours

A valid Dysart Landfill Identification User Card or One-Time Landfill Pass must be shown to Attendants to access Dysart landfills.

Landfill hours for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day
Click the calendar above to see a larger, printable version.

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