Simple ways for reducing holiday trash, saving landfill space and protecting the environment
DOVER – From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than at any other time of year. Boxes, wrappings, packaging and party goods add tons of extra garbage to Delaware’s landfills. When deposited in a landfill, a Christmas tree can take up as much space as a washing machine. Thus DNREC reminds Delawareans that holiday time is the right time to reduce your “waste-line” while helping the environment – by recycling your Christmas tree along with all those extra mail order boxes, gift-wrapped packages, tags and cards.
“It’s easier than ever to recycle holiday materials through Delaware’s Universal Recycling program,” said Bill Miller, program manager in DNREC’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section. “Universal Recycling is single stream, meaning cardboard, paper, junk mail, plastic containers, glass bottles and metal cans can all get tossed into your recycling container for curbside pickup or dropped off at a Delaware Solid Waste Authority recycling drop-off center.”
Single-stream recycling collection service is included with trash collection service at all single and multi-family residences. It is also available to all businesses, non-profits, organizations, municipalities, and schools in Delaware. An updated “How to Recycle” guide is online at www.recycling.delaware.gov. The guide’s center page features a handy list with images of items that are accepted for recycling in Delaware.
Electronics, plastic bags, and Styrofoam are not accepted in single-stream recycling programs. Here are some helpful tips to recycle these and other materials this season, as well as reduce waste year-round:
More information can be found at recycling.delaware.gov or by calling DNREC’s Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances at 302-739-9403.
Media Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Vol. 46, No. 428
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