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Holiday recycling tips

Simple holiday recycling tips include:

  1. Save and reuse gift bags, ribbons and bows for next year - it's smart for the environment and for your wallet!
  2. Shipping gifts?  Make shredded paper out of old newspapers and magazines, or be sure to reuse last year's bubble wrap and foam peanuts.
  3. Think twice when it comes to wrapping paper.  Standard wrapping paper should be recycled, but anything with glitter or foil belongs in the trash (or save it for next year!).  Generally, the fancier the wrapping paper, the less recyclable it is.
  4. Getting a new device this holiday season?  Make sure your old phone or tablet isn't tossed in recycling.  check with your local service provider for special instructions or electronics recycling options.

Common holiday items that do not belong in recycling include:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Cellophane
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Batteries
  • Food waste
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Holiday lights
  • Electronics
  • Foam packaging.


All of these items and materials should be placed in a waste container, not recycled.

Additionally, toy packaging made of heavy cardboard is only recyclable when the cardboard is separated from the plastic.  This includes the plastic window on the box of a doll or action figure.  Sticky gift tags are not recyclable by themselves, but they are acceptable if affixed to an envelope or wrapping paper. 

Check with your local service provider to ensure you are aware of any changes in holiday collection schedules and how to properly dispose of real Christmas trees.