GIVE GENTLY USED TOYS A NEW HOME: Think about taking some of your children’s gently used toys and donating them to a charity after the holidays. It’s a great way to teach your children the importance of giving. For each gift they receive, let them select toy to donate. Donated items are a tax write-off, save the receipt.

RECYCLE YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Christmas-light-source.com

HolidayLEDs.com

McLendon Hardware stores

Point Defiance Zoo & Girl Scouts of Western Washington

GIFT CARDS

Below are ways to get unwanted gift cards out of your wallet. Exchange, sell, or donate to charity:

Cardcash.com

Cardkangaroo.com

Cardpool.com

Giftcardbin.com

Giftcardgranny.com

Raise.com

Retailmenot.com

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING

Most cities have curbside tree recycling or a Boy Scout troop in the area that will make trees for a small donation. Most yard waste collection providers require the tree to be cut in pieces before it’s placed in a yard waste bin. Contact your county for more information.

King County – curbside recycling available | your.kingcounty.gov/tree-cycling.asp

Snohomish County – Check with your yard waste collection service or city government website.

Pierce County – curbside recycling if subscribed to yard waste collection | www.piercecountywa.org