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What To Do With Holiday Wrapping

December 23, 2013, 10:06 PM by Sammi Bjelland

What To Do With Holiday Wrapping

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving and the Millennium Recycling Center will be receiving a lot.

"Over the course of the Christmas season, we'll tend to see ten to 15 percent more material than some of our other busier times of the year," CEO Jake Anderson said. 

Anderson says on top of the recycled materials, they also receive a lot of questions about what should or shouldn't be thrown in the recycling. One of the most common questions is whether wrapping paper is recyclable.

"We can accommodate wrapping paper, provided that it doesn't have foils on it, or ribbons or plastic laminates, bows, those types of things," Anderson said.

Specialty tissue paper, that's often found inside bags or clothing boxes, is also acceptable. The boxes themselves can be recycled too. Gift bags, however, can be tricky. The main thing to pay attention to with these is the handles.

"As long as we can avoid hard, heavy plastic and if it's a ribbon or a yarn or something like that then we really don't want to see that. But if it's something that's fibrous or kind of a natural, hemp-type almost twine, that's something we can deal with," Anderson said. 

While it may seem time consuming, things like ribbons and excessive tape should be removed.

"It literally just ends up being the type of thing where we have to pick items off of a conveyor belt that's going by at a couple hundred feet a minute. So it just ends up being quite a bit more time consuming for us," Anderson said.

But, he adds, it doesn't have to become a damper on your holiday festivities.

"Sometimes some of those impurities will end up as blotches on the finished product. So it's not critical that 100 percent of those tapes and glues be removed, but as much as possible. It sure helps us out a lot," Anderson said.

Each recycling facility has slightly different rules, so you should ask your own recycling provider what they suggest.

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