UTICA, N.Y. – With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is reminding people which gifts and wrappings can be recycled and which go in the trash.
Some items like candy boxes may look recyclable because they are made from cardboard, but are often mixed with other materials like foil or plastic, so they can’t be recycled.
The Authority has put out the following guidelines for common Valentine’s Day gifts:
Valentine’s Day cards: Greeting cards and envelopes can be placed in curbside recycling bin loosely, with no plastic bags, string or twine.
Candy wrappers: Candy is often wrapped in cellophane wrappers or those that are wax coated and made with non-recyclable materials, so these should go in the regular garbage for disposal.
Candy boxes: Many cardboard candy boxes also contain a plastic portion and are not accepted for recycling. Candy boxes should be placed in the regular garbage. While they can’t be recycled, candy boxes can be reused as organizers for crafts, jewelry or other small items.
Flowers and vases: Flowers and glass vases are not accepted for recycling. Consider reusing vases before disposal. Flowers can be added to compost or set out with green waste. Flowers can also be placed in the regular garbage.
“Waste reduction and recycling is the easiest way to help the environment. With a little creativity and mindfulness, we can make holiday celebrations less wasteful. Reducing the amount of waste we create will conserve our region’s landfill space, natural resources and energy,” said Jamie Tuttle, recycling educator for the Authority.
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