Our friends at the city wish to remind everyone that brightly coloured paper and foil gift wrap cannot be recycled due to the extremely high ink content of the paper. Discarded wrap should not be placed in the paper products blue bag with fine paper, flyers and boxboard.

Recool Canada picks up recycling at the curb and at the depots. “They will not collect recycling bags that contain wrapping paper,” said Jason Sherband, Coordinator Solid Waste Diversion and Recycling, Roads Division. “Wrappings must be put out with your regular garbage.”

You can help reduce the volume of paper wasted by packing away wrap you receive and using it next year. Other options that are growing in popularity are fabric gift bags that can be re-used year after year, or reusable paper gift bags. Other containers such as tins and decorated baskets are also great options. Check out the advice from EcoSuperior in the December issue of The Walleye  (http://www.thewalleye.ca/december-2012/) or visit the green gift wrapping booth at Celebrations by George’s on Friday, December 21, starting at 2pm, and the Country Market on Saturday, December 22, starting at 8am where you can choose from a beautiful array of eco-friendly wrap, bows, and gift tags and have your gifts expertly wrapped. The gift wrapping service is offered by The City of Thunder Bay and EcoSuperior and is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Disaster Relief Fund.

EcoSuperior’s Expert Gift Wrapping