- Editor’s Note: This recycling tips article was written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Jarland at 630-208-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the rear-view mirror, here are three recycling tips I think are most valuable and most important here in Kane County:
- Recycle Wrapping Paper properly.
- Recycle your used electronics, clothes, books, and Christmas lights at one of the Kane County Recycling Centers.
- Recycle your Christmas Tree – so it can be mulched instead of landfilled.
Recycle Wrapping Paper Properly (Also Reuse!)
The best thing to do is wrap presents in cloth or reusable materials, or save and reuse the wrapping paper for next year!
If you are not one to save and reuse wrapping paper, then please try to follow the below tips to help the sorting facilities better sort and bale the materials for recycling. Not all wrapping paper is created equal. Not all of it is recyclable.
You can recycle wrapping paper (or Christmas cards) that is printed on one side or two, as long as it is not plastic coated. This recyclable plain paper should be placed in the recycling cart FLATTENED, NOT BALLED, and should be free of ribbons, stickers, ornaments or any kind of plastic. A little bit of tape is OK.
Do not wad up the paper before recycling. Balled up paper makes it difficult to sort and may mean it does not get recycled. Please flatten it along with any cardboard boxes before placing it in your recycling cart.
Do not recycle the following kinds of wrapping paper (or Christmas cards): cellophane or plastic wrapping, tissue paper (which is too thin to recycle again), foil wrapping or cards, any wrapping or cards with glitter or sequins on them. Those should be put in the trash if not reused.
For more, also see last year’s article on this topic, here.
Recycle Old Stuff at Kane County Recycling Centers!
You can recycle all of your old electronics (including TVs and computers, music players, video game consoles, holiday light strings, and more); old clothing, shoes, accessories; and books at the Kane County Recycling Centers.
See here for full information on what is accepted, locations, hours, and more. The Batavia location is open Saturdays, including the Saturday after Christmas (12/26) from 8am-1pm!
Recycle your Christmas Tree!
During the holiday season, we can help Mother Nature by recycling our Christmas trees. Returning the organic material to a composting facility to be mulched is much better than landfilling!
No matter where you live in Kane County, recycling your Christmas tree is easy, and mostly free. Please visit this page on the Kane County Recycles website to find collection dates and information specific to your town or township. If your town is not on the list, then contact them directly. There are also a couple drop-off locations, where you can take your tree for a fee.
Instructions differ by town, but here are four common tips given by all of the cities and villages:
- Remove ornaments! It is very important to remove all decorations, especially tinsel, before placing it out at the curb for collection or before dropping it off.
- No Plastic bags! Do not place the tree into plastic bags, just place them out there plain as the day you bought them. This is because they are collected separately and mulched rather than landfilled, and we don’t want the plastic and tinsel in the mulch.
- Cut up big trees! If the tree is a big one, please cut the trunk into pieces smaller than 6-foot in length.
- Keep it visible! If it becomes covered with snow please brush it off so that it is visible to assure that it will be collected
Read More Kane County Recycling Tips!
- Recycling Tips: DO NOT Put Plastic Bags in Your Recycling Bin!
- Recycling Tips: What To Do With Garden-Related Garbage
- Recycling Tips: Learn The 4 R’s, Think Creatively and ‘Win the Bin’!
- Recycling Tips: Can I Recycle Cash Register Receipts? Used Aluminum Foil? Yogurt Containers?
- Recycling Tips: How to Stop Junk Mail For Good!
- Recycling Tips: Sometimes, Being Green Starts in Your Roots
- Recycling Tips: What To Do With All Those Plastic Grocery Bags
- Recycling Tips: Start Saving Agrichemical Containers
- Recycling Tips: What You Really Should Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers
- Recycling Q&A: What Are The Rules For Wrapping Paper?
- Recycling Tips: What You Really SHOULD Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers
- 10 Ways to Reduce Holiday Waste in Kane County
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