Getting rid of holiday waste: Be careful with large boxes, consider recycling wrapping paper & trees

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – If you have lots of holiday trash to deal with, you’re not alone.  However, police remind you to be careful with what you put out on the curb.


Officials warn leaving big TV and computer boxes outside your home makes you a target for thieves.  It’s something that could be very simple to forget, or overlook.

Police say over the next week, thieves may drive around neighborhoods surveying people’s trash.  If you need to get rid of big boxes, break it down and put it in a bag or take it right to the recycling center or landfill.

Recycling paper


Remember, not all of your holiday wrapping is safe for the recycling bin.  Don’t try to recycle things like gift bags, styrofoam, bubble wrap, bows or tinsel.

When it comes to wrapping paper, it’s a little tricky.  Plain paper is fine, but anything with glitter or foil must go in the trash.


Recycling your tree

Speaking of recycling, you need to start thinking about what to do with your real Christmas tree.  You can put it at the curb, but if you live in Huntsville you have an additional option.  You can drop it off at the Botanical Garden.  There’s a designated area at the leaf and mulch pile on the east side the garden.


“We actually put those through chippers and shredders, put them into mulch so people can come get the mulch in their gardens and have fresh mulch year round,” said Carol Casey.

You have until mid January to recycle your tree at the Botanical Garden.  Be sure to remove all ornaments and lights.

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