Holiday Recycling Tips

Holiday Recycling Tips

GiftsThe Holidays are almost upon us and are notorious for creating extra trash.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and the New Year than during any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 millions tons!

Do your part and help us to reduce the waste created this holiday season.

What You Can Do To Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:

  • Creative Gifting is a great way to reduce the burden on our environment and our landfill. Zoo passes, bus passes, donations to local charities and a season pass to a museum are all great "green gifts."
  • Food Waste except for meat, dairy and grease can be composted in your own backyard. Need help getting started with composting? Visit Hamilton County’s composting website to get started.
  • Shopping tips:
    • Buy products that can be recycled in your community recycling program.
    • Buy bulk items and refills when possible.
    • Bring your own reusable shopping bag to all stores. If you receive plastic bags, remember to recycle the clean ones at your local grocery store.
  • Holiday Greetings can be sent in electronic form (e-cards can be enhanced with sound and animation and they create no physical waste).
    • If you’d prefer to send cards, buy the recycled content cards and envelopes or make your own cards or gift tags from last year’s cards and wrapping paper.
  • Buy gift-wrap that can be reused or recycled (avoid foils and plastic wraps)
  • Remove your name from mailing lists of any catalogs that you no longer need. You can also opt out of unwanted credit offer mailings by calling 1-888-5OptOut (1-888-567-8688) or visiting
  • When buying battery-powered gifts, buy rechargeable batteries to cut down on the consumption of non-rechargeable batteries.

In addition to your curbside recycling collection, there are other opportunities to reduce your waste by using local programs, including:

  • Textiles including sheets, clothing and even single shoes can all be recycled, check out Hamilton County’s list of Textile Recyclers.
  • Paper Gift Wrap is acceptable, however we do not accept ribbons, bows or foil wrapping (please reuse the ribbons, bows and foil wrapping).
  • Cardboard Boxes should be broken into 3-foot-by-3-foot (or smaller) pieces. Place in your recycling cart or stack neatly next to the cart.
  • Christmas Trees can be placed at the curb (remove tinsel and ornaments) until Jan. 10, 2014 to be collected in the yard waste program or they can be taken to one of the drop-off centers, where it will be chipped and used for mulch.
  • Paper including cards, magazines and catalogues can all be recycled.
  • Old Electronics can be brought to the Colerain High School parking lot (map) on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 from 9am to 1pm, Cohen Recycling (map) or at these additional locations throughout the year.
  • Bottles & Cans may be placed in your recycling cart.
  • #5 Plastics such as yogurt and butter containers & medicine bottles can be taken to any Whole Foods Markets.
  • Metals such as pie tins, cookie tins, metal clips can be taken to Garden Street Inc. for recycling.
  • Hazardous Waste can be recycled April through October in Hamilton County.