Get rid of your leftover holiday decorations, etc. in an eco-friendly way

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Now that Christmas is over, we’re left with the cleanup that comes with the holiday season.

Chittenden Solid Waste District is making it easy to dispose of your Christmas tree this year.

If you bring your tree to one of its drop-off locations, it will be used as part of their Yule Fuel program. It uses the trees as fuel to produce electricity.

Make sure you remove any ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations before disposing of your tree. CSWD wants you to know trees aren’t the only thing you can recycle.

Most wrapping paper, including tissue paper, can be recycled.

CSWD says if wrapping paper has any type of foil, Mylar, or plastic coating, it belongs in the trash.

You can tell if your wrapping paper is coated with any of these by pinching the edge of the paper and pulling it apart slightly, but if you see a plastic or foil layer appear, it’s trash.

Remove ribbons and bows for reuse, and recycle the wrapping paper along with other mixed paper. Tape is OK to leave on.

If you have cardboard, flatten it, place it in your blue bin and set it out with the rest of your curbside recycling, or bring it to one of our Drop-Off Center locations (must be clean and dry).

Size limits: Some curbside haulers require them no larger than 2′ x 2′ (Please call your hauler for specifications) Up to 4′ on any one side at Drop-Off Centers Cut larger pieces to a smaller size.

Styrofoam is not recyclable in Vermont, and should be thrown away.

This goes for bubble wrap, too. However, some local stores, like UPS, will take bubble wrap and packing peanuts for free.

String lights, batteries and other electronics can be dropped off at CSWD.

For a list of drop-off locations, click here.

By the way… Burlington and Essex public works offer curb side pick-up for trees.

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