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Holiday season a good time to recycle, reuse

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PERRY COUNTY – The holiday season may be a good time to receive. But it’s an even better time to give back – by recycling many of the things we too often open and discard.

Studies show that Americans throw away 25 percent more trash from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and much of that material can be recycled.

Tell City’s curbside recycling program, as well as Perry County’s drop-off sites, provide convenient ways to recycle gift boxes and Christmas cards, as well as newspaper circulars, gift catalogs, plastic, glass and metal cans that seem to pile up during the holidays. Here are some suggestions for recycling more and throwing away less of what the holidays leave behind.

Cardboard
Before taking cardboard to the curb for trash disposal, consider recycling it. There is more cardboard waste in homes during the holidays than any other time of the year.

Cardboard can be taken to either the Cannelton, Branchville or Derby collection site for recycling. Boxes should be broken down and cardboard bundled or placed in containers to conserve space.

Tell City’s recycling programs requires cardboard boxes to be flattened and cardboard stacked and bundled, placed in containers or brown-paper bags.

Electronics
New gifts of TVs, computers, radios and other electronic items often means old devices are tossed out with the trash. However, that violates state law.

Indiana statute prohibits computers, DVD players, monitors and televisions from being disposed of as trash. They can be dropped at county recycling centers at no cost.

Christmas Trees
Christmas trees make good wildlife habitat and can also be recycled. Some owners of lakes and ponds submerge old trees to create fish habitat.

The Hoosier National Forest, which has collected live trees in the past, is not doing so this year. Anyone in Tell City who wishes to dispose of a live tree may do so by setting it out with their regular trash.

Wrapping paper and Christmas lights are not recyclable and should be disposed of as trash.  

Editor’s Note: Penny Newlin of the mayor’s office provided information for this story.