– “Holiday recycling tips: Don’t throw away your packaging”
“Americans generate roughly 1,000 pounds of waste per household during the holidays, which is about 25% more than normal. At the same time, 80% of what is thrown away could be recycled.
Republic Services in Seattle recommends:
• Save your ribbons, gift bags and bows for re-gifting because they’re not recyclable.
• You can recycle wrapping paper of all kinds — glossy and glittery alike.
• Don’t forget you can avoid waste by sending holiday cards via email.
• Instead of using foam for packaging, consider shredding paper, magazines or newsprint for a personal touch.
• Save bubble wrap to reuse again — it’s tempting but don’t pop it.
By Michelle Li, KING-5 TV, Seattle.
Click here for the video of suggestions.
Free Christmas Tree Curbside and Drop-Off Locations, (Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017)
– Curbside pickup information
LeMay organics/yard waste customers: Place your tree in the organics bin (no sections longer than 3 feet). Service is free for organics/yard waste customers. Residents who have not signed up for this service may also set out their trees for collection; however, the cost is $3.79 per section in Yelm; and $5.23 per section in Rainier.
– Drop-off location for all Thurston County residents
Take trees to the Waste and Recovery Center at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey. through Jan. 14. Open Mon. through Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sat. and Sun. from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (closed Jan. 1)
– Yelm residents
Yelm City Park tree dumpsters are available until Jan. 10.
– Rainier area residents
Take trees to the drop box at 13010 Rainier Acres Road through Jan. 14.
Open Fri., Sat., and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other creative ideas –
– 10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees
By Care2, Shelley Stonebrook.