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Recycling During the Holidays

Did you know that the month of December holds record high recycling tonnages in curbside programs? MWF Christmas Card 2017


As people shop for Christmas gifts, receive packages in the mail, and prepare meals for family gatherings, recyclable packaging becomes abundant in the forms of cardboard boxes, chipboard, plastic bottles, and more!


There are many opportunities to recycle during the holidays, but consequently contamination levels at recycling facilities also rise during this time of year. This kind of contamination refers to any item that's not acceptable in your curbside recycling program.


Keep an eye out for the following common contamination items:


  • Plastic Stretch Wrap
  • Plastic Bags
  • Ribbons and Fabric
  • Batteries
  • Christmas Lights
  • Other Electronics
  • Toys

As you probably noticed, some of the above materials may be recyclable in special programs and collections. However, they are not acceptable in the curbside bin.


For a comprehensive listing of items recyclable in single-stream (curbside) recycling, please visit our website or view the following guide.


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Thanks for recycling, and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

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In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling is conservatively projected to save the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs).

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