“Can I Recycle This?” – The Holiday Edition

Dec 19, 2010 Comments Off by EcoFlirt

It’s a common question this time of year: “Hey, can I recycle this?” From wrapping paper to photo cards to Christmas trees, learn what you can and can’t recycle this holiday season.

  • Wrapping Paper (After it’s been strewn about the living room): YES,as long as it doesn’t glitter or shine. The test: if it rips, it’s paper. If not, it contains metallics and is not recyclable.
  • Ribbon (Tie tightly to infuriate impatient gift openers): NO.
  • Holiday Cards (The time-old question: how long should we wait to toss them without feeling guilty?): Paper cards, YES. Photo cards, NO.
  • Envelopes (After you’ve jotted down all return addresses, of course): YES, even those with windows.
  • Cardboard boxes (From the kind UPS folks who dropped off all your presents): YES, after it’s been cut into 3 foot by 3 foot pieces.
  • Bubble wrap (The joy of popping!): YES.
  • Shredded paper (No popping, less fun): NO.
  • Christmas Tree (Oh, Tannenbaum!): YES, real trees can be recycled into compost.
  • Wine bottles (‘Tis the season): YES.
  • Wine corks (After uncorking the season): NO, but they can be composted.
  • Beer bottles (Holiday brews!): YES.
  • Beer caps (It’s not a good party unless you’re still finding them days later): NO.
  • Champagne bottles (After a special occasion): YES.
  • Paper plates (After a slightly less-than-special occasion): NO.
  • Batteries (After realizing that toy guitar for your nephew was a bad, bad idea): NO.
  • Clothing (The requisite awful sweater present – you know the one): NO, but donate it to a second-hand store or charity. There’s always next year’s Ugly Sweater Party.
  • Cookie Tins (C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me): YES

And about those unfortunate presents you received and don’t know what to do with? You’re on your own with those.

Charlotte residents, learn more about what you can and can’t recycle through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Recycle-It Program.

I wish all you EcoFlirters a very happy holiday season! Thank you for reading!

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