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
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
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.