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Dec 22

Holiday Recycling Tips

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 8:24 AM by Communications Department

Many residents have spent the last few months preparing for the season of giving. For some of us, preparing for the season has involved spendingsantarecycles_SC hundreds of dollars on great gifts for friends and family, countless hours setting up the holiday decor, and even more time wrapping gifts. When the big day has come and everyone has unwrapped all of their goodies, what happens with all of the trash?

Below is a go-to list for holiday recycling to help determine what can and cannot be recycled from the holidays.
  • Wrapping paper can be recycled if there is no metal or foil. 
  • Gift bags can be reused and if they are made of paper they should be recycled when they become shabby. Be sure to remove ribbon and rope handles. 
  • Cardboard from boxes can be recycled. 
  • Styrofoam typically used as filling material or cushion while shipping and storing items is not recyclable. 
  • Tissue paper is not recyclable. 
  • Natural Christmas trees can be recycled after removing all tinsel, ornaments, and metal stands. Put natural trees curbside, separate from bulk trash, during the regular week for bulk collection. Trees can also be brought to the Recovery Operations Center located at 550 Atkinson Way, Monday – Saturday, 8:00-4:00 except for City observed holidays. 
  • Too many recyclables? Take excess to one of our Recycling Drop-off locations. These containers are designated for residential use only, and are open 24 hours. 
    • Main Street Library
    • Any of the four (4) fire stations listed below: 
      • Across from Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue 
      • On Oyster Point Road near Canon Boulevard 
      • On Marshall Avenue near Briarfield Road
      • On Minton Drive near Todd Stadium 

 For more tips on holiday recycling visit .