Holiday Recycling; Do’s and Don’ts


Utica, N.Y.—Now that Christmas is over you may be wondering what to do with your leftover less desirable Christmas items. Like your tree, wrapping paper, and holiday cards and boxes. Many of these items can be recycled, even gift wrap, which was previously not accepted by the Oneida-Herkimer Recycling Center.

“We accept gift wrap the two weeks 3 following Christmas,” Emily Albright Director of Recycling at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority said. “We also ask that you flatten it because a lot of people tend to ball it up what happens is it becomes like a baseball-softball and that actually falls through our sorting equipment so the flatter it is the more we can recycle. Also, we like to keep it out of bags, no bags.”

The Recycling Center will also take your Christmas Tree but Albright suggests reaching out to your local municipality first and see if they are doing collections.

“If they don’t you can bring your natural Christmas trees to our Utica Eco Drop Facility and we compost those too.,” Albright said.

Many items don’t need to be brought down to the center, simply put them in your curbside bins and they will be brought to the center.

“The authority does accept holiday cards, Christmas cards those are recyclable those can be placed in your curbside recycling bin and we will recycle them here at our facility.”

Of course, there are also items that they don’t accept, and if you are unsure whether or not a product can be recycled Albright advises that it is better to just throw it out.

“Ribbons, bows, twine, string any type of that material we would like it removed what we do is we call those tanglers and they get wrapped up in our equipment, ” Albright explained.

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