Recycling holiday waste urged by the City of Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) — The holiday season is a time for fellowship and gift-giving, but it’s also a time of year that generates a large amount of waste.

The City of Gainesville would like to remind residents most gift boxes and wrapping paper should be recycled.

Waste that can’t be recycled should be placed in garbage bins and if lids can’t be closed, the rest should be put in official yellow bags found at grocery stores.

Real holiday trees will also be picked up when set out by the curb.

Chip Skinner, a spokesman for the City of Gainesville, wants locals to know that “live Christmas trees can also be recycled with yard waste, but please remember to remove all ornaments and tinsel from them before placing by the curb.”

The city is also offering a recycling program for holiday string lights which are in need of replacement.

Residents can drop them off at a special recycling bin at the Public Works Building on 39th Avenue.

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