Once the tree has been trimmed, gifts unwrapped and cookies devoured, it's time to figure out what to do with all of that post-holiday waste.
Read on to find out how you can reuse and recycle the remnants of this festive season and start the New Year out on a green note.
Gift Wrap and Trimmings
A common mistake that many make around the holidays is loading the recycling bin with wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons, bows and other trimmings. Unfortunately, if these items feature glitter or foil, they are not recyclable. In fact, mixing glittery and foil-laden items in with other recyclables could compromise the entire load since recycling facilities cannot process that type of material.
If you do manage to find gift wrap without glitter, place that material in your recycling bin along with cardboard wrapping paper tubes, holiday cards and gift bags (no glitter).
Or, consider reusing certain items. For instance, gift bags can be saved and reused, while this year's holiday cards can be turned into gift tags for next year.
Each municipality in Lancaster County handles Christmas tree disposal differently. Some municipalities offer curbside collection while others offer drop-off locations for residents.
We encourage you to contact your municipal office for specific information about programs in their community or consider one of these three drop-off locations:
Lancaster County Central Park: Trees can be dropped off daily from December 26 through January 31 during regular park hours. Residents are asked to use the Chesapeake Street entrance. A $1.00 per tree donation is requested and appreciated to support park programs. Call the park office at (717) 299-8215 with questions.
Martin Mulch Products (55 Woodcrest Drive, Ephrata): Trees can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from dawn till dusk. Single trees cost $2.00 each to drop-off, while price varies for larger deliveries. Call (717) 733-1602 with questions
Zeager Brothers (4000 East Harrisburg Pike, Middletown): Trees can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. at no charge. Call (717) 944-7481 with questions.
In order for your tree to be recycled, all decorations must be removed, including ornaments, wire, tinsel and lights.
Make way for all the new goodies you received over the holidays by recycling old electronics at LCSWMA's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.
The HHW Facility is open five and a half days per week and accepts items such as computers, TVs, cameras, cell phones, DVD players and more for FREE. Click here for a full list of accepted items.