How to Make Sure Your Christmas is Clean, Green and Environmentally Friendly

Waste output can increase as much as 25 percent during the Holidays, so and the Postal Service are presenting the "Green Your Holidays" channel with simple, practical tips to make sure you don't contribute to that statistic.

The Green Your Holidays channel shows how to reduce, reuse and recycle key products associated with the holidays, including Christmas trees, gift packaging, greeting cards and holiday lights. It also provides the opportunity for consumers to search more than 100,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada that recycle these products, and features guides for making holiday-related activities like parties and shopping more eco-friendly.

The USPS will be contributing valuable content about recycled content packaging, greening your mail and holiday cards, and insights on avoiding lines during the busiest times for the Postal Service.

" is already the trusted solution for finding out where to recycle Christmas trees," said President Jonathan Smith. "We're excited to collaborate with the Postal Service and target additional products associated with the holiday season where recycling and sustainability can make a significant impact."

The USPS and are both committed to spreading the opportunity for recycling solutions. The Postal Service annually recycles over 1 million tons of paper, plastic and other materials, and has over 200 Cradle-to-Cradle certified mailing products. Over 3,800 Post Offices now provide recycling opportunities for P.O. Box customers through the "Read, Respond and Recycle" program, and the USPS offers a mail-in recycling program for small electronics.

In addition to providing the most extensive recycling search engine in the U.S., recycles and composts in its Arizona headquarters. The company has also held multiple electronics recycling events for local businesses to unload obsolete electronics in 2007-8.

"Whether it's saving fuel this yule by shopping online at or simple ways to send greener packages, the Postal Service is proud to support in promoting a more environmentally friendly holiday season," said Sam Pulcrano, Postal Service vice president for Sustainability.

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