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Holiday Recycling Tips

ornamentrecyclingBetween Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans throw out 25 percent more trash than any other time of that year.

Here are a few tips on where to dispose of your holiday-related waste in Seattle:

Styrofoam packaging CANNOT be recycled in your recycling cart. Many local mail houses accept packing peanuts for reuse; Styro Recycle in Renton will accept styrofoam for recycling. Otherwise, place in garbage, but place the peanuts in a bag first so they don’t litter the neighborhood.

Cardboard goes in your recycling cart. Flatten it first. If it doesn’t fit, place it flattened next to your cart on collection day at no extra charge.

Ribbons and bows go in the garbage. It’s best to reuse them!

Gift wrap goes in the recycling.  It’s even better to reuse it. DON’T burn it in your fireplace. Those pretty green flames are toxic!

Greeting cards, catalogs and envelopes: Recycle, even the envelopes with the plastic windows, or the letters with staples.

Batteries CANNOT be recycled in your recycling cart. Alkaline batteries can go in the garbage. All the others are hazardous and are not allowed in recycling, yard waste or garbage. You can find places throughout Seattle that can recycle all varieties of batteries at or 1-800-8-BATTERY.

Burned out holiday lights can be only be recycled at these locations. Otherwise, place them in the garbage.

Cardboard eggnog containers go in recycling. Empty, of course.

Electronics CANNOT be recycled or placed in the garbage because they contain hazardous materials.  Go to or for convenient locations to drop off your old TVs, monitors and computers.

It’s best to use up what you have, donate items in good condition that you no longer need, and purchase items with little or no packaging.

Want to learn where other stuff should be disposed? Visit to find out!