Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Holiday Waste: What Goes Where?

As you clean up from your holiday celebrations, it's important to do the right thing with your waste. Use these tips to sort your holiday waste, or check out our sorting app, WasteWise.

What can I reuse?
Consider donating unwanted items to a local thrift shop, charity or to the Reuse Centre.
  • Decorations
  • Wrapping paper and bows
  • Gift bags and boxes
  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tissue paper
What goes in my household recycling?
Keep your recycling clean, loose, and dry for your blue bag or your apartment blue bin. Residents can also bring items to one of Edmonton's 20 community recycling depots.
  • Paper - wrapping paper (non-metallic), holiday cards, envelopes
  • Cardboard - shipping boxes, cardboard packaging, gift boxes
  • Plastic - shopping bags, pop bottles, containers (e.g. yogurt tubs, clamshell packages)
  • Metal - pop cans, aluminum pie plates, tin cans
  • Glass - beverage bottles, food jars
What about Eco Stations?
Some unwanted items contain hazardous materials or are difficult to recycle. Bring them to an Eco Station for free and safe disposal:
  • Strings of lights
  • Small appliances
  • Obsolete electronics
  • Old batteries
  • Household chemicals
Never put Eco Station items in your blue bag or garbage. Also take large items like furniture and major appliances to an Eco Station for proper disposal (fees apply).

What goes in the garbage?
Not everything can be recycled. Some holiday waste should go in the garbage.
  • Food waste
  • Styrofoam packaging
  • Soiled napkins and paper plates
  • Candy wrappers
  • Metallic gift wrap
  • Plastic cutlery
Check out more tips and tricks at edmonton.ca/wastelessholidays.

Download WasteWise for free on iTunes or Google Play, or use it online at edmonton.ca/waste

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