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Gift Outside the Box

The amount of household waste in the U.S. increases an average of 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day ( EPA). Wrapping paper, decorations, packaging, and leftover food (and sometimes even the gifts we buy), often don’t last long and end up in the waste stream.

The Gift Greener Challenge

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and our partners challenge you to reduce waste by thinking differently about how you shop for and give gifts. Together, we can reduce waste, save energy and build a strong local economy. We encourage you to Gift Outside the Box!


Fox 5 DC - December 6, 2019


NBC4 - December 3, 2019



Gift Greener Partners

If you would like to join this list of amazing partners and promote the Gift Outside the Box campaign, email us at





Upcoming Events

Long Branch Senior Center
Silver Spring, MD
December 12, 2019
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Westfield Montgomery
Bethesda, MD
December 14, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

White Oak Senior Center
Silver Spring, MD
December 17, 2019
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Westfield Wheaton
Wheaton, MD
December 21, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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