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. This holiday season will be like none other. Help us kick off a different way of celebrating the holidays this season.

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!



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



Join us for our virtual holiday events!

November 18, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Watch Recording: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Right & Close the Loop – Buy Recycled!

December 3, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Watch Recording: Gift Greener with Energy $aving$ This Holiday Season

December 7, 2020
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Watch Recording: Gift Experiences!

December 8, 2020
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Watch Recording: Buy Local - Learn About Great Holiday Ideas From MoCo Farms and Local Food Businesses

December 16, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Watch Recording: Give Back and Give Thanks

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