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Holiday Recycling Dos And Don'ts


The beauty of Christmas can quickly turn into ugly trash. This is traditionally the busiest time of year at the recycle center, where in Scott County, volume shoots up by 15 percent. Most of those gift boxes and plastic containers can be recycled, but when it comes to wrapping paper, you're better off throwing it out.

"Almost all wrapping paper you get around the holidays has a plastic coating on it," said Kurt Liske with the Waste Commission of Scott County. "It's hard to see because it tears like regular paper, but when it goes to the paper mill for recycling, that plastic coating gums up the materials and has to be thrown out as waste."

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't recycle.

"We encourage people to recycle everything. This time of year, obviously we encourage people to reuse, and recycle. Obviously if you're giving things there's so much packaging associated with it. We definitely would like to see it here other than a garbage can and head out to the landfill," Liske added.

While Liske says they see a big jump in items sent to the recycling center, they have enough capacity to store it until they can process all of it.

For a complete list of what can and cannot be recycled this time of year click here.

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