What and What Not to Recycle After the Holidays

As we bask in the glow of the Christmas lights, bellies full of holiday goodies, with the children joyfully laughing as they play with their new toys, the last thing we want to think about is cleaning up the glittery ribbons, wrapping paper, and mess left behind. But, before you pull out the trash bag, learn what can be recycled so you can help keep the environment happy and healthy for future holiday seasons to come.

Recyclable Holiday Items:

  • Non-foil based wrapping paper
  • Wrapping paper tubes
  • Tissue paper (for gift wrap)
  • Greeting cards and envelopes
  • Gift and cardboard boxes
  • Real Christmas trees
    • Check with your local sanitation department to see if the city does Christmas tree pickup.
  • Batteries
    • You can drop off old batteries at local electronic stores.
  • Glass containers and bottles
  • Plastic utensils
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Non-Recyclable Holiday Items:

  • Foil and glitter wrapping paper
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Artificial trees
  • Napkins and paper plates
    • However, napkins and paper plates can be composted.