Holiday recycling: Gift wrap, lights, trees and more

With wrapping paper, boxes, gift bags and more piling up during the holiday season, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is offering tips to go green this season and keep celebrations environmentally-friendly.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2017 12:32 PM
Updated: Dec. 26, 2017 1:40 PM

With wrapping paper, boxes, gift bags and more piling up during the holiday season, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is offering tips to go green this season and keep celebrations environmentally-friendly.

According to the Solid Waste Authority, Americans generate an additional 7 million pounds of waste during the holiday season.

Gift wrap

For the 27th year, gift wrap is being accepted for recycling in Oneida and Herkimer counties. To recycle the wrapping paper, fold or flatten it and place it loosely in your recycling container. It cannot be placed in plastic bags for recycling.

The wrapping paper will only be accepted for two weeks after Christmas. Before disposing of it, the Solid Waste Authority suggests re-using gift wrapping if possible.

Cardboard tubes left over from wrapping paper can also be recycled by placing it loosely in your recycling container.

Tissue paper and metallic wrapping paper is not being accepted for recycling.

Greeting cards

Greeting cards can also be recycled, along with catalogs, gift boxes and other recyclable paper. These should be placed in your normal recycling bin.

According to the Solid Waste Authority, 2.65 billion holiday cards are sold In the U.S., which is enough to fill a football field ten stories high.

Lights

If you have broken or unwanted lights, they cannot be recycled in your normal recycling bin.

The CNY Veterans Outreach Center is accepting holiday night donations, which will be recycled and the proceeds will benefit local veterans and their families. You can drop the lights off at the CNY Veterans Outreach Center located at 726 Washington St., Utica. It’s open for drop-offs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you need to schedule a large pickup for lights, call 315-765-0975.

Lights can also be dropped off at the Solid Waste Authority’s EcoDrops in Utica or Rome, or you can throw them out with your regular trash.

Christmas tree

Christmas trees can be recycled by the Solid Waste Authority’s compost facility. If you’d like to recycle your tree, you can contact your local municipality to find out when collections for Christmas trees will take place. If your local municipality will not be doing a collection, you can deliver the trees to be composted at the Solid Waste Authority’s EcoDrop in Utica.

Cooking oil/grease

You can drop off cooking oil and kitchen grease at the Utica EcoDrop location year-round for free, which will be recycled into animal feed. It should be transported in sealed, unbreakable, leak-proof containers.

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority offers the following “Quick Guide to Holiday Recycling”:

RecycleOne (place in curbside bin):
- Cardboard Boxes (must be empty – Styrofoam and plastic packaging are trash items)
- Catalogs and magazines
- Gift Boxes
- Gift Bags
- Greeting Cards and Envelopes
- Wrapping Paper (no tissue paper or metallic papers)
- Clean Aluminum Foil & Baking Tins

Drop-Off Recyclables (do not place in bin):
- Cooking Oil (deliver to Authority’s Utica EcoDrop)
- Electronics (deliver to Authority’s Utica or Rome EcoDrops)
- Holiday Lights (deliver to Authority’s Utica or Rome EcoDrops)
- Live Christmas Trees (deliver to Authority’s Utica EcoDrop or contact municipality for collection schedule)
- Plastic Shopping Bags (return to grocery stores and other retailers for recycling)
- Rechargeable Batteries (deliver to Authority’s Utica or Rome EcoDrops)

Trash Items (if you cannot reuse them):
- Metallic or foil wrapping paper
- Styrofoam
- Tissue Paper
- Christmas Wreaths & Artificial Christmas Trees

Utica EcoDrop

80 Leland Ave. Extension, Utica, NY

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:        8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday:                    7:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

 

Rome EcoDrop

575 Perimeter Road, Rome, NY

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:        8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday:                    8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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