Helpful Holiday Recycling Tips

During the weeks following Christmas and New Year’s, Rumpke often sees a spike in materials at its recycling facilities. While the cardboard boxes from online shopping and empty beverage bottles from family parties are wonderful for recycling, there are a few items to keep out of your recycling this holiday season, including:

  • Electronics and batteries
  • Christmas lights
  • Plastic bags

Here’s how to stay on Santa’s “nice list”

The Nice List: Recycle These Items

  • Wrapping paper (not foil)
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Newspapers and sales ads
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Gift bags (paper, not foil)
  • Cards & envelopes
  • Wrapping paper rolls (cardboard)
  • Junk mail
  • Plastic bottles & jugs
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel food and drink cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cartons and juice boxes

The Naughty List: Don’t Put These in Your Recycling

  • Electronics and batteries
  • Christmas lights
  • Extension cords
  • Plastic bags
  • Ribbons, bows and tinsel
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic toys
  • Tissue paper
  • Foil wrapping paper
  • Packing peanuts and bubble wrap
  • Whipped topping and butter tubs
  • Aluminum pie pans and roasting pans
  • Ceramics