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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter

Recycling Bin “Do’s” and “Don’ts” – Holiday Edition

This year, lighten your holiday celebrations by reducing waste and recycling right! Check your local recycling provider’s list of accepted items (twice!). Use the following tips as you prepare for the season’s festivities, and clean-up afterwards. Keep holiday lights out of the recycling bin

  • Cardboard Boxes: Do recycle! Flatten boxes to save space and remove loose tape.
  • Holiday Cards: Do not include cards with glittery, metallic, or foil elements. Do include all others.
  • Wrapping Paper: Do not include metallic, glittery, or foil-lined papers. Do include other wrapping papers by folding into flat sheets before recycling.
  • Tissue Paper: Do not include. Save tissue paper in good condition to reuse next year.
  • Gift Bags: Do not include glittery, metallic, or foil-lined bags. Save gift bags in good condition to reuse next year.
  • String Lights: Do not include. Check with your local recycling coordinator for special string lights recycling programs.
  • Ribbons & Bows: Do not include. They get tangled around recycling machinery and contaminate other materials.
  • Foam Packaging or Packing Peanuts: Do not include. These items need to be disposed of in your trash bin.
  • Plastic Shipping Envelopes: Do not include. Some plastic shipping envelopes can be recycled at Return-to-Retail drop-off programs.
  • Tree Netting: Do not include. Tree netting is often used to wrap holiday trees or to protect shrubs and bushes. Tree netting should be kept for reuse or put in the garbage. Do not include this material in recycling bins because it can get wrapped around recycling equipment and create jams. Be sure any tree netting you have is not capable of blowing away and becoming litter.

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