Recycling your holiday trash

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It's estimated that Americans generate an additional 25 million tons of trash during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Solid waste experts say more than half of that can be recycled.

"During the holiday season, consider all the items that can go into your recycling bin or recycling cart. That includes things like cardboard broken down into three foot by three foot pieces, plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars. That [also] includes greeting cards and wrapping paper as long as its not foil based," said Amanda Pratt with Rumpke Recycling.

One way to reduce the amount of holiday trash is by re-using wrapping paper or by wrapping them in newspaper or by giving gifts that don't need much wrapping paper like gift cards.

"Even the tubes that the wrapping paper comes on, all of those things can go in your recycling bin or cart and be made into new products," says Pratt.

However there are some materials that don't recycle well. Pratt says plastic ribbon and plastic bags can get tangled up in the equipment and stall the process. Workers spend a considerable amount of time and effort separating plastic bags from the recyclables.

"The plastic bags that your newspaper comes in or the plastic bags we get at the grocery store...those types of plastic bags can't go in the recycling bin," she said.

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