LEWES, Del. – Now that the season of gift-giving is in the past, Delaware state officials want to remind people that recycling centers are open for collections of recyclable holiday materials.
Gift wrapping paper, mail order boxes, card stock tags and ribbons, among other items, are all acceptable to recycle at dozens of waste collection centers in all three Delaware counties, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
For Maura Sheehy of Holland, Pa., her used wrapping paper is repurposed at her school.
"I take it to my school where I teach kindergarten and the kids love to cut out of it with the prints on it," said Sheehy.
Delaware's Universal Recycling Program has made it easier for people to get rid of unwanted recyclable holiday items. Sorting is not necessary at the recycling centers, and for more convenience residents can leave waste in an appropriate recycle bin for curbside pick-up.
Christmas trees are also wanted for recycling but all trees must be stripped of ornaments, trimmings or any other parts before discarding at drop-off centers, according to a DNREC statement.
But with a growing number of people investing in artificial trees, including Sheehy, recycling comes in another form.
"We do not have a real Christmas tree,” said Sheehy. “We gave that up years ago. So we have a fake one that goes back in storage,” she said.
Delaware state parks no longer accept Christmas trees for recycling, but the department said any state-approved yard waste recycling center will collect the trees for free.