Christmas is a Time for…..Recycling!

With each holiday season, approximately 25 million tons of extra waste is generated in the United States. There are other ways to deal with this extra solid waste besides throwing it away. The City of Laurel is reminding people that gift boxes, non-foil wrapping paper, Christmas cards and envelopes, newspaper, advertisements and junk mail can be recycled at two locations in Laurel: one at the North Laurel Shopping Center and the other at the parking lot behind Fred’s on Carrol Gartin Blvd. The bins are clearly marked as to what should go in each bin.

Recyclers can stay off Santa’s naughty list by reusing, donating or discarding the following items instead of putting them in recycling bins: unwanted gifts, ribbons and bows, clothing and toys, foil and plastic wrap, electronics, Christmas lights, packing peanuts and bubble wrap, plastic shopping bags, décor such as wreaths, garland, clam shell packaging and batteries.

Another way to recycle is to simply save gift boxes and bows to reuse later.

For those who already recycle, your recycling efforts are making a difference. Recycling conserves resources and saves energy. Recycling also reduces landfill. When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces which, in turn saves the city (and its residents) money.

If you’re not already recycling, you can really make a difference in the city of Laurel. Enviro will consider placing more bins around the City if residents and businesses continue to recycle approved items. As a reminder, please do not put non-approved items in the bins.

Merry Christmas from the City of Laurel!