By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s the most festive time of the year, but supposedly, it’s also the most wasteful. Americans reportedly throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

But experts are offering tips on ways to simplify and reduce waste.

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They say one way is to give presents that are long-lasting, can be re-used, or recycled.

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Or better yet, create them yourselves.

Experts say another way to reduce waste is to skip out on wrapping paper.

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They suggest you use alternatives like scarves, magazines, or newspapers.