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Delaware Encourages People to Remember Recycling After Holidays

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DOVER, Del. -- State officials are reminding Delawareans to separate recyclable materials from any trash they are disposing this holidays season and to make sure household waste doesn't end up with materials that could be re-used.

Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said many materials like wrapping paper and boxes are usually recyclable and can often be deposited in single-stream systems. 

Matt Beck with DNREC's Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section said people still need to be careful about not putting styrofoam and plastic shopping bags in single-stream recycling receptacles.
"The best thing to do is make sure that what you're recycling is acceptable. We want to have a clean stream," he said.

The agency offered the following recommendations as people begin to get rid of trash from holidays like Christmas.

  • 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 your curbside recycling bin or be taken to a recycling drop-off center.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree. Trees must be free of all ornaments, lights and other trimmings, as well as tree stands. Information on free drop-off options for Christmas trees can be found on the DNREC website.
  • Collect and reuse boxes, tissue paper, ribbons, bows and other gift decorations 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 (usually located near the entrance or customer service area).
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