What can and cannot go in your recycle bin

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Recycling after Christmas: What can and cannot go in your recycle bin


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WEBVTT THAT STATEMENT COMING IN TONIGHT. THE CHAOS DOES NOT END AFTER THE PRESENTS ARE OPENED ON CHRISTMAS MORNING FOR PLACES LIKE ECOMAINE . IN FACT, IT IS JUST BEGINNING. MEGHAN: IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT A PILE OF BOXES — I KNOW I AM AT HOME — AND MOUNDS OF TISSUE PAPER, WMTW’S MARY CATE MANNION SHARES WHAT CAN HEAD IN THE RECYCLE BIN AND WHAT NEEDS TO GO TO THE TRASH. MARY CATE: THE GIFTS HAVE ALL BEEN UNWRAPPED AND THE BOXES ARE OPEN. NOW THE QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT? WE STOPPED BY ONE OF ECOMAINE’S SILVER BULLET DUMPSTERS TO FIND OUT WHAT CAN GO IN. THESE TWO THINGS ARE GOOD, BUT NOT EVERYTHING CAN. THIS DUMPSTER NEAR RIVERSIDE GOLF COURSE KNOWN AS THE ECOMAINE SILVER BULLET IS FILLING UP FAST. >> AMAZON BOXES. LEFT OVER FROM CHRISTMAS. A LOT OF SHIPPING. MARY CATE: THE CONTENTS OF THIS BIN WILL SOON HEAD TO THE OTHER SIDE OF PORTLAND TO THE COMPANY’S RECYCLING FACILITY. >> THEY ARE FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS. MARY CATE: VANESSA BERRY SAYS THEY’LL BE HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR CARDBOARD BOXES. >> WE CAN TURN THAT INTO NEW BOXES AND NEW MATERIAL. MARY CATE: ALONG WITH GIFT WRAP, BUT NOT THE KIND OF PAPER WITH GLITTER OR FOIL. >> IF IT RIPS, IT’S GOOD TO GO IN THE RECYCLE BIN. MARY CATE: WHAT THEY WON’T TAKE IS STYROFOAM, FAKE TREES OR SAY THAT STRING OF LIGHTS WHERE ONLY HALF OF THE BULBS WORKED. BERRY ALSO ASKS THAT YOU SKIP BAGGING YOUR RECYCLABLES. >> WE CAN’T DISTINGUISH TRASH FROM RECYCLABLES IN BLACK BAGS OR ANY PLASTIC BAG OF THAT NATURE, AND WE CAN’T RECYCLE THE BAD, SO WE WOULD RATHER IT STAY LOOSE IN THE BIN. THAT MAKES IT EASIER FOR US TO SORT, AND THAT’S OUR IDEAL. MARY CATE: IF YOU’RE UNCERTAIN WHERE TO BRING AN ITEM, LIKE AN OLD MICROWAVE, THE APP OR THEIR WEBSITE CAN HELP. >> YOU CAN SEARCH ANY OF THOSE ITEMS AND WE WILL TELL YOU THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF IT. MARY CATE: IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND YOU PLUGGED IN LIFE AND ONLY ONE THIRD OF THEM LIT UP, THOSE CAN GO OVER HERE — THOSE CAN’T GO OVER HERE. THEY HAVE TO GO TO A SPECIAL LOCATION. IF YOU HAVE OT

Recycling after Christmas: What can and cannot go in your recycle bin

If you have wrapping paper, tissue paper or boxes left over after Christmas, you may be wondering what you can or cannot recycle.

Ecomaine has several Silver Bullet dumpsters set up throughout the state where you can recycle for free.

Cardboard boxes and wrapping paper without foil or glitter can be recycled.

Styrofoam, fake trees or string lights are not recyclable.



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