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

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

  • String Lights: DO NOT include. Damaged LED holiday lights can be accepted with electronics at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. Non-LED style light strands are also accepted, but must have the bulbs removed. Some retail stores and online outlets such as may accept complete older style light strands.
  • Wrapping Paper: DO NOT include metallic, glittery, or foil-lined papers. DO include other wrapping papers by folding into flat sheets before recycling.
  • Ribbons & Bows: DO NOT include. They get tangled around recycling machinery and contaminate other materials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Holiday Cards: DO NOT include cards with glittery, metallic, or foil elements, or cards with electronics and batteries like musical greeting cards. DO include all others.
  • Cardboard Boxes: DO recycle! Flatten boxes to save space.

 Other Holiday Waste Reduction Tips:

  • Purchase wrapping paper, cards, and gifts made with recycled content.
  • Gift personal belongings that you no longer use. 
  • Wrap gifts with newspaper and pages from old magazines.
  • Opt for reusable gift bags and wraps instead of single-use wrapping paper.
  • Gift experiences or services instead of things.
  • Buy used and local to support your community’s economy and check out materials exchange groups on social media.
  • Teach your family and friends how to recycle right during cleanup. Offer prizes for correct answers.