Holiday recycling, simplified

We generate a lot more waste over the holidays. Here's a guide on how to get rid of it, responsibly.

It’s estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, more than 1 million tons of additional waste is generated each week nationwide. That’s 25% more than normal.

The extra waste is mostly wrapping paper, packaging and shipping containers.

Here's how to handle it:

  • RECYCLE cards and wrapping papers, catalogs, gift bags, and boxes, as long as they don't contain metallic materials (if they're shiny or sparkly, or foil trimmed, put them in the trash).
  • Bows, ribbons, and tissue paper can either be re-used, or can be trashed when they get tattered.
  • Plastic bags and shipping pillows get recycled at stores, NOT in the blue bin.

Need to know more? Read the article below, or click here.

Recycle LIVE Christmas trees. If your municipality does not pick them up, you can dispose for free at OCRRA compost sites, but remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments and other non-tree elements.

OCRRA Compost Sites are open January 2-12, Monday thru Friday 7:30-4 p.m.

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