What goes in the recycling bin and what gets thrown away?


BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) — It’s the time of year when many families generate the most waste.

On Christmas morning, many people will open up presents and recycling officials everyone to be conscious about what they do with all of their used wrapping paper and trash.

Officials say they want to make sure that people are recycling correctly this holiday season. That means knowing what goes in the recycling bin and what goes in the trash.

Wrapping paper with glitter, foil or any other material in the wrapping paper should go in the trash. Check the materials of the wrapping paper by tearing the corner and looking to see if there are any other materials inside.

Broken lights, ribbons and bows do not get recycled. These items need to go in the trash.

Finally, cardboard boxes, glass bottles and jars are recyclable.

Officials say not recycling properly slows down production and could make it more expensive in the future.

“At its most benign level, it creates more work for people on the receiving end who are sorting the materials out, but it can also shut down the materials recovery facility where material are sorted and then it loses time and money on that,” said Cassandra Hemenway from the Central Vermont Waste District.

Hemenway wants to make sure those materials are staying out of landfills and recycled properly. She said doing this helps the environment and it’s pretty easy to do.

“My biggest priority is to always encourage people to reduce waste and reduce recycling even before they are thinking about, ‘What do I do with it when I’m done?'” said Emma Stuhl, an environmental analyst.

If you aren’t sure if you can put an item in the recycling bin or not, it’s best to check with your local waste management.

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