Post-holiday recycling dos and don’ts from OCRRA


Recycling specialists says recyling increases 25 percent after the holidays (CNYCentral Photo).

After all the gifts, meals and decorations from the holidays, recycling agencies are issuing reminders about what you can and can’t recycle.

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, or OCRRA, says after the holidays, they see a 25 percent increase of recycled materials. Recycling Specialist Theresa Evans says good intentions often lead to mistakes, especially when recycling wrapping paper.

“We don’t want any materials that are metallic, foil-lined glitter,” Evans said.

Evans says that also applies to gift bags and greeting cards. They can’t be recycled if they’re covered with glitter.

Plus, OCRRA will not take tissue paper or any shipping materials, which they see a lot of.

Evans says one mistake people often make is trying to recycle clam shell containers and to-go containers.

Blue bins should only hold plastic like bottles and tubs.

When it comes to putting large boxes out on the curb, Evans suggests making sure they are folded and dry.

To recycle your Christmas tree through OCRRA for free, CLICK HERE.

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