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Full Recycling Cart?

20131118_073858Recycling carts tend to get pretty full during the holiday season. Seattle Public Utilities reminds customers that recycling that cannot fit inside recycling carts can still be recycled at no extra charge.

Put extra recyclables next to your recycling cart in sturdy bins, boxes or 32-gallon cans. Flatten cardboard boxes.

Here a are more tips on where to dispose of your holiday-related waste:

Ribbons and bows: It’s best to reuse them; otherwise place in garbage.

Gift wrap: Reuse or recycle.

Greeting cards and envelopes: Recycle.

Batteries: Alkaline batteries can go in the garbage. You can find places throughout Seattle that can recycle all varieties of batteries at

Old Christmas lights: King County offers a list of nearby locations where you can recycle your lights for free.

Foam: Call your local mailing/shipping store to see if they will accept clean packing peanuts. Foam chunks used for packaging are collected at a few locations in the Puget Sound area, including Styro Recycle in Renton. Otherwise, foam goes in the garbage. Bag the peanuts to prevent litter.

Electronics: Go to for 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.