LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Tis' the season for Lufkin's Walker family to teach their son about recycling.
"We have already seen an increase in the amount of deliveries, boxes, things that come to our home," Hilary Haglund Walker said. "We like to recycle that right away. Fold it up, take it out to the blue bins but also this time of year there's just more paper, more cardboard and so we always try to make sure that gets in the right receptacle."
Every Christmas the Walkers make sure to save everything that's re-usable.
"At our house we have a gift closet that holds old boxes and old paper and bows that we're able to reuse, and some of our old boxes have tags on it from five, six, seven years, and we just reuse them til' they fall apart," Walker said.
Re-using wrapping year after year has become not only good for the environment; Walker says it's also just plain fun.
"It's kind of a joke at Christmas morning," Walker said. "We'll have to see who got the box that's been around the longest, so it can actually be a fun game to play with your family."
The Walkers said we can become more mindful of our landfills by simply separating trash and holiday recyclables.
"We encourage you to use your blue bins and your gray bins, and separate your trash," Walker said. "It's a great way to keep Angelina County and Lufkin beautiful. It's a service that the city provides, and as long as we use it, we'll be able to keep it, and it's great for the environment."
If non-recyclable materials make it into recycling containers, the entire garbage truck load is considered contaminate and has to be taken to the landfill.