Recycle the Holidays

During the holidays, Americans produce 25% more waste than during the rest of the year!

Reduce waste by knowing what you can and can’t recycle.

To stay on Santa’s nice list, recycle the following:

ALL ITEMS SHOULD BE CLEAN AND DRY

  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Catalogs
  • Paper boxes
  • Paper cards and envelopes
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Cans, aluminum, tin
  • Glass bottles and jars

To stay off Santa’s naughty list, throw away, reuse or donate the following:

  • Christmas lights & Christmas trees
    • Live Christmas trees can be set out at the curb on your yard waste collection day for recycling. Trees should be no longer than four feet in length. Remove all ornaments, lights, decorations, and stands before placing at the curb. Artificial trees are not collected with yard waste.
  • Garland and tinsel
  • Wrapping paper
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Bubble wrap and plastic air pillows
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic utensils, plates and cups
  • Paper plates, napkins and cups
  • Plastic wrapping
  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminum foil and aluminum pans
  • Clothing
  • Batteries (see below)
  • Electronic (E-scrap) (see below)

Read more information about recycling

Proper Disposal

  • Live Christmas trees can be set out at the curb on your yard waste collection day for recycling. Trees no longer than four (4) feet in length. (Large trees should be cut into pieces 4 feet or smaller). Remove all ornaments, lights, decorations, and stands before placing at the curb. You can also use your free annual special pickup to have your tree collected. Artificial trees are not collected with yard waste.
  • Standard alkaline batteries may be tossed in the trash.
  • Rechargeable batteries, including cell phone batteries must be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Read more information about Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).
  • HHW may be brought to the Lena Road Landfill Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and every third Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Read more information about the Landfill.
  • E-scrap can be brought to the landfill Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • E-scrap collections are held the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the landfill.
  • E-scrap may also be collected at the curb after calling (941) 792-8811 to make special arrangements. There is a fee involved with this service or you may use your one free annual pick-up. Read more information about E-Scrap.

Placing items such as plastic bags, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, garland and tinsel in your recycling cart contaminates the materials, reducing the amount of recyclables that can be successfully recovered and can jam and damage the sorting equipment.