With Christmas rapidly approaching, we hope you’re planning for holiday recycling. In America, we throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day than at any other time of year. This extra garbage amounts to 25 million tons of trash.* Enough ribbon is thrown away each year – 38,000 miles of ribbon – to tie a bow around the earth.
Many common holiday items can go in curbside recycling:
- Wrapping paper (non-metallic only)
- Gift boxes
- Shopping bags
- Newspapers filled with advertising inserts
- Greeting cards and envelopes (non-metallic only)
- Corrugated cardboard boxes, flattened
Reminder: No metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, ornaments, tissue paper, fluorescent or dark paper, paper covered with tape or Styrofoam.
Ever wondered how the tradition of wrapping gifts in pretty papers got started? Read all about it at Earth 911: