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With holidays, know what you can, cannot recycle

Source: Quad City Times
These holiday items do NOT belong in your recycling cart: wrapping paper (even if it has the recycling symbol, which means it was made from recycled materials), ribbons, bows, and artificial Christmas trees. Christmas lights can be recycled, but only at the Electronics Recovery Center, 5650 Carey Ave., Davenport. QUAD-CITY TIMES
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Household waste in the United States increases by more than 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Scott County residents may recycle many holiday items through curbside and drop-off recycling programs, including:

• Boxes, such as those from electronics, toys, shoes and shirts;

• Wrapping paper tubes;

• Gift/shopping bags made of paper;

• Tissue paper;

• Greeting cards and envelopes (even photo cards);

• Newspapers, advertisements, magazines and catalogs;

• Plastic bottles and jugs;

• Glass bottles and jars;

• Aluminum and steel cans.

• Aluminum pie plates, clean foil and cookie/popcorn tins also go into the recycling cart or drop off recycling programs.

Holiday lights: Strands of holiday lights also may be recycled, but don’t place them in curbside recycling carts.

Holiday lights — along with computers, monitors, televisions, printers, digital cameras and video game systems — are considered electronic waste, or e-waste.

These items may be dropped off 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the Electronics Recovery Center, 5650 Carey Ave., Davenport. There is no charge to residents of Scott and Rock Island counties.

The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport collect large e-waste items at the curb from residents on their bulky waste/recycling days and deliver them to the Electronics Recovery Center. Data containing electronics can be dropped off at the secure Electronics Recovery Center during business hours.

What CAN’T be recycled: Not all holiday items may be recycled. This includes plastic bags and films, Styrofoam, wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and artificial Christmas trees. These are considered contaminants to the recycling process and should not be placed in curbside or drop-off recycling containers.

Follow the guidelines: Residents are reminded that all recyclables must be contained within their cart, with the lid closed, for collection. Cardboard placed outside the cart cannot be collected. Cardboard pieces that do not fit inside the cart may either be broken down to fit, or may be recycled at any of the drop-off locations around the county. A list of locations may be found online at

For more information about holiday recycling, call 563-386-9575 or visit

Now that Christmas is over, what will you do with all that wrapping and packing? What are your New Year’s resolutions? Is recycling one of them?

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