While Lou is busy with Christmas preparations, I decided to take a crack at writing this week's column. The Christmas holidays are a good time to think about trash. That sounds odd until you think about the amount of trash that this holiday generates.
Fortunately, cards, envelopes, cardboard boxes and Christmas trees can be recycled or composted. To reduce the amount of stuff that eventually ends up in a landfill, Lou and I try to think of presents that don't generate trash. Edible presents, like cookies or homemade jams in reusable jars, are one option. Services, such a gift certificate for a spa, are another trash-free option.
You might wonder how I came up with this topic. I teach a class about environmental problems for the adult education program at Irvine Valley College. I lecture about air pollution and water pollution, about human overpopulation and over-dependence on fossil fuels.
And I lecture about trash.