Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Recycle right this Christmas: Christmas Cards and Wrapping Paper

City leaders release recycling ‘naughty list’ after Christmas	 	 	 			Credit City of Oklahoma City City leaders release recycling ‘naughty list’ after Christmas Credit City of Oklahoma City
Cary Marshall | 27 December, 2018, 17:07

For example, wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc which can not be recycled. That leads to as much as a 15 percent increase in recyclable material during the two or three weeks following Christmas. "We have a bin and they go locally to get recycled".

Plastic bags and wrap: Don't put plastic bags in with your recycling, or put your recyclable items inside plastic bags.

Wrapping paper can only be recycled if it passes the scrunch test - simple paper wrap can be recycled but foil or glitter-decorated paper cannot and needs to go in the general waste bin. People should throw that into the trash, instead. If you scrunch it in your hand and it remains in a ball, it can most likely be recycled.

The MRF gets a lot more unusual items that can not be recycled during this time of the year. That includes long stringy items like Christmas lights, tire chains and plastic bags.

They get tangled up in the machines and back up the whole process. Christmas cards are one of the festive season's biggest culprits for either being recycled incorrectly or not at all. Look out for the FSC label on cards, when buying or receiving, as this means they can be recycled at home.

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People can recycle aluminum cooking pans, as long as they are clean.

Glass and plastic bottles, jars and tubs that have been cleaned of all food items.

You can rarely escape Christmas without the obligatory battery powered toys making an appearance, creating a potential recycling challenge. Just be sure to give them a good rinse and place them in your container when they're dry so they don't contaminate other items.

"We're more of a "When in doubt, throw it out" than a 'When in doubt, keep it in, '" Eckman said.

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