Christmas Holiday Recycling Dos and Don’ts

(CBSDFW.COM) – Once Christmas festivities wind down in a few days, the holiday rush begins for local recycling facilities and landfills.

From late December through February, local recycling centers will be inundated with 15% more waste as residents declutter, according to Republic Services.

Unfortunately, up to 30 percent what residents put in their curbside recycling bins doesn’t belong there, they say.

The following is a a quick ‘holiday recycling naughty-and-nice list’ from Recycling Simplified, a public education campaign by Republic Services:

The Nice List: Do Recycle

  • Cardboard (clean, dry and flattened)
  • Paper boxes (including gift, shoe and shipping boxes)
  • Plain wrapping paper and gift bags (no glitter, foil or decorations)
  • Holiday cards and envelopes (without embellishments; remove the batteries from electronic greeting cards)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (empty, clean and dry)
  • Metal food and beverage cans (empty, clean and dry)

The Naught List: Reuse, Donate or Discard

  • Decorations including lights
  • Trees –artificial and real
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Cellophane wrapping
  • Fancy gift bags and wrapping paper (with foil, lamination or decorations)
  • Packing materials: bubble wrap, plastic air pillows, foam sheets and packing peanuts
  • Food waste