When You’re Done Decking the Halls, Here’s What to Recycle
With all the various shipping materials, toy packaging and gift wrap used during the holidays, it can be hard to know what should go in your Curb It! recycling cart and what goes in the trash.
When it comes to wrapping paper, if it has glitter or foil, it goes in the trash. Standard gift wrap, that usually has print on one side and white on the other, as well as craft paper can be recycled but make sure to remove all ribbons and bows. Tissue paper always belongs in the garbage.
Now, what about all those boxes from the toys and clothes? Anything cardboard can go in the recycling. This includes gift boxes as well as boxes the items were shipped or sold in. However, be sure to remove any plastic and packaging such as strings or Styrofoam that helped hold it in place.
Remember, to be collected, all recycling must be inside your Curb It! recycling cart. Items left next to the cart, even if they are recyclable, cannot be collected. If your halls are decked with too much recycling, take the extra to a recycling drop-off near you.
Finally, don’t forget to recycle your live Christmas tree! Once it has been cleared of all its decorations and gifts, those beautiful branches should be placed at your curb with a Compost It! sticker during winter collection, January 2 – 12, 2018. Your tree will be recycled into compost to bring new life to a yard in the future. Wreaths and garland are not accepted.
These two weeks of winter collection are also your last chance to have remaining yard waste collected. Yard waste must be placed in Compost It! Bags or carts, store brand bags with a green Compost It! sticker or bundled with a green Compost It! sticker. Stickers are sold at these local retailers.
If you’re not sure where it should go, search it in Metro Waste Authority’s recycling guide at www.whereitshouldgo.com/recycling-guide.