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Christmas Recycling Tips


Light displays are a great way to decorate and get into the holiday spirit. If you’re replacing any of your lights this year, a reminder that lights don’t belong in your blue bin. If they are still in good condition, consider donating them to a second-hand store.

Over the holidays, there is going to be a lot of foam packaging (Styrofoam) with all those new purchases. In Manitoba, foam packaging is NOT accepted for recycling in your blue bin. Try to avoid using it if possible and look for recyclable alternatives when sending gifts.

A friendly reminder that single-use plastic plates and cutlery aren’t accepted in the blue bin for recycling. Try to avoid using them over the holiday season and try to use real dishes to serve food instead. It may take more time but the environment will thank you!

When you’re wrapping gifts, keep some recyclable options in mind. Try wrapping your gifts in a reusable material, such as newspaper, flyers, or cloth bags. Or, put your gift in a reusable bag so they can reuse the bag later

Remember that not all wrapping paper is accepted in the blue bin. Wrapping paper that comes from a tree is accepted, but foil-lined wrapping paper and cellophane are NOT accepted in your blue bin. One tip to see if your wrapping paper is recyclable is to crush your wrapping paper into a ball. If it stays bunched up, then it’s probably recyclable!