Holiday Recycling Guide

Recycling cart with Christmas ornament

Don’t Let the Holidays Go to Waste

  • Wrapping paper can be recycled if it can be crushed or balled up – but no glitter paper and no metallic paper.
  • Tissue paper cannot be recycled (it’s too low-grade) and neither can bows, ribbons or Mylar wrap.
  • Paper gift bags can be recycled – but no shiny bags and no glitter bags.
  • Try to keep and reuse gift bags, gift boxes and drawstring pouches year after year.
  • Reduce waste by wrapping gifts with fabric or recyclable papers such as newspaper, magazine pages, posters, maps, blueprints, sheet music or artsy grocery bags.
  • Recycle cards – but not if they have glitter or sound-making devices.

What to Keep Out of the Recycling Cart

  • Holiday lights
  • Electronics
  • Broken ornaments and other decorative pieces
  • Cookware and dishes (including disposable plates/utensils)
  • Clothing and other fabric
  • Batteries
  • Plastic bags
  • Bubble wrap (can be deposited in grocery store plastic bag recycling bins)
  • Foam packing peanuts

More answers to Where Does It Go?

Christmas Tree Collection

What goes up must come down: The County will take your tree and turn it into mulch. 

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