PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)-- Holidays are in full swing!

That means many of us will be going to different parties and events this Christmas and New Year's Day. 

Did you know during that time, Americans will generate about 25 percent more waste than average between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day?

That is almost 1,000 pounds of trash per household!

But there are some good news. About 80 percent of what is thrown away during the holidays can be recycled or repurposed, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials at Republic Services have the following tips on how we can recycle this holiday season: 

1. Save and reuse gift bags, ribbons and bows for next year. Republic Services said that it's smart for the environment and for your wallet. 

2. Shipping gifts? They say you can make shredded paper out of old newspapers and magazines or be sure to reuse last year's bubble wrap and foam peanuts.

3. Officials say to think twice when it comes to wrapping paper. Standard wrapping paper should be recycled, but anything with glitter or foil belongs in the trash (or save it for next year). Generally, the fancier the wrapping paper, the less recyclable it is.

4. Getting a new device this holiday season? Make sure your old phone or tablet isn't tossed in recycling. Check with your local service provider for special instructions or electronics recycling options.

For more recycling tips: visit


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