The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reminded Delawareans to recycle Christmas trees, extra mail order boxes, gift-wrapped packages, tags and cards.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control recently reminded Delawareans to recycle Christmas trees, extra mail order boxes, gift-wrapped packages, tags and cards.
Single-stream recycling collection service is included with trash collection service at all single and multi-family residences. The service also is available to all businesses, nonprofits, organizations, municipalities and schools in Delaware. An updated guide is available at recycling.delaware.gov. The guide’s center page features a list with images of items that are accepted for recycling in Delaware.
Electronics, plastic bags and plastic foam are not accepted in single-stream recycling programs.
DNREC provided tips on recycling:
— Recycle unwanted boxes, wrapping paper without foil backing, card stock type gift tags, cards and envelopes along with all the holiday catalogues and promotional mail. These items can go in the curbside recycling bin or be taken to a recycling drop-off center.
— Recycle Christmas trees. The trees must be free of ornaments, lights and other trimmings, as well as tree stands. For other management options, contact the waste hauler or visit dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste. Christmas trees are no longer accepted at Delaware State Parks.
— Collect and reuse boxes, tissue paper, ribbons, bows and other gift decorations for next year. Save used holiday cards to cut up as gift tags for next year.
— Take plastic retail bags back to grocery stores and other retailers. Plastic bags cannot be recycled in single-stream recycling programs. However, most stores have collection containers for plastic bags.
— Recycle old electronic devices. Some manufacturers and retailers have free take-back programs. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority also offers drop-off sites and collection events for electronics in Delaware.
— Donate usable toys, appliances, clothing and household goods to organizations like Goodwill, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. Support those retail outlets as options for gifts, clothing and building supplies.
For more information, call 739-9403 or visit recycling.delaware.gov.