New York State Assemblymember Anna Kelles (D-NY125) has said with the holiday season now here, residents can help make a difference in sustainability by donating excess gift wrapping items they may already have for the community to use instead of purchasing and using more, or throwing away.
Kelles said in a release each year in the country, about 2.3 million pounds of gift wrapping ends up in landfills. Those who have excess gift wrapping may make donations at Kelles Ithaca District Office at 130 E. State Street between 1-4pm today through Friday. Items may include wrapping paper, gift bags, shirt boxes, and ribbons and bows.
Additionally, Kelles says individuals who cannot make it to the open hours to donate, they may call the office at 607-227-8030 to arrange a drop-off time with a staff member.
“I’m sure that many people are like me and have too many gift bags and tags stored at home, more than they need. Gift wrap may seem like a small issue, but taking small steps to change our habits to reduce waste and focus on reuse can have a large impact if we do so as a community. I know that many of my constituents have been prioritizing waste reduction and reuse for decades, so I am happy to coordinate this holiday project. I also hope that residents save this year’s wrapping so we can reuse again next year!” Kelles said in a release.