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Recycling after the Holidays

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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Recycling Christmas Lights


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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

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When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.