Here is an interesting estimate by the Environmental Protection Agency: Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, 25-percent more trash is believed to be disposed by Americans than any other time during the year.

In order to help reduce the amount of trash during the holiday season, Keep Coppell Beautiful, a committee of citizens that promotes environmental causes, has released a list of tips that local residents can follow to help cut back on waste.

Here are the waste-reduction tips, courtesy of the City of Coppell's website:

  • "Use an artificial tree that can be reused each year. If you prefer a real tree, take advantage of the city’s tree pickup service, in conjunction with your yard trimmings pickup, and your tree will be recycled for mulch and compost.
  • For holiday meals and entertaining, use reusable dishes, silverware and glasses.
  • Package your holiday gifts in reusable containers, such as baskets and tins. Boxes, bags and wrapping paper typically wind up in the trash. If you must wrap, look for wrapping papers made from recycled paper.
  • Use rechargeable batteries in those new toys and gadgets!
  • Send holiday cards made from recycled paper. Send electronic greetings and invitations.
  • Use a timer for your exterior holiday lights. This will not only conserve energy, but it will help your lights last longer."

To learn more about Keep Coppell Beautiful and its mission, click here.