As you celebrate the holidays you also need to think about cleaning up.
We all love to give and receive at the holidays, but if we aren't careful those gifts could have a negative impact on our environment.
"Sometimes there are things you wouldn't think are recyclable that are," Brandy Welvaret of Scott Co. Waste Commission said. "On the other hand there are things you imagine to be recyclable that here in Scott County are not."
For example: it's easy to love a fun, pretty, sparkling wrapping paper, but using that paper means more trash in our landfills. Because wrapping paper is a no-no for recycling.
"It contaminates the process because of the different coatings and thing they put on wrapping paper," Welvaret says. "Sometime's there is glitter, what have you, so just ask that people leave the wrapping paper out."
But the good news, if you unwrap that big flat-screen TV, the box and your old TV can both be taken to be recycled. "the way we recycle TV's, we recycle all of the components, so even if you get one of the really old ones with one of the wood boxes, we'll recycle the wood as well," Welvaret said.
But believe it or not, the wood from your Christmas tree is not recyclable. And they won't recycle artificial trees either so you'll have to find another way to dispose of your trees.
But those old lights can go to the electronic maintenance facility and folks with the Scott County Waste Commission say recycling is the smart thing to do this holiday season.
If you have any questions about what they will take or won't take you can call the Waste Commission, and each county is different so you'll want to call a head before taking stuff to your area recycling center.
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