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Recycling after the Holidays

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As quickly as it came, Christmas is past, leaving behind good memories of family and fun, and more tangible items, like cardboard boxes and packing material. At my house, it's post-holiday clean-up time! As much as I'd like to adopt a new decorating scheme consisting of empty boxes and tissue paper, the clutter has to go.


What can be reused and/or recycled?


  • Cardboard boxes
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper gift boxes
  • Holiday cards
  • Plastic bottles
  • Glass bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin foil
  • Envelopes and paper
  • Steel cans
  • Plastic food containers
  • Wrapping paper that's 100% paper

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 What can be reused, but not recycled in curbside recycling programs?


  • Bubble wrap
  • Laminated gift bags
  • Tree ornaments and decorations
  • Styrofoam packaging and foam peanuts
  • Ribbons
  • Bows
  • Cellophane

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There are programs that recycle plastic bags and Christmas lights, but neither of these items are recyclable in curbside recycling.


For a complete listing of acceptable single-stream items, click here.  



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Guest Monday, 22 July 2019


It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.

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