Don’t throw away that wrapping paper, Solid Waste Authority urges

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Most holiday gift wrap will be accepted for recycling in Oneida and Herkimer counties for the two weeks after Christmas, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority announced.

Tissue paper and foil or metallic wrapping paper are not accepted for recycling, the authority advised in its holiday announcement.

Recyclable wrapping paper should be folded or flattened and placed loosely in the recycling bin, the solid waste experts said,

Cardboard tubes holding paper may also go into the recycling bin.

The authority, however, recommends re-using wrapping paper instead of disposing of it.

Greeting cards may also go into the regular recycling, along with catalogs, gift boxes and other recyclable paper, the OHSWA announcement added.

Foam and packing “peanuts” are not recyclable and must go into the regular trash.

Broken or unwanted holiday lights cannot go into the recycling bin, but may be taken to the CNY Veterans Outreach Center, which arranges for special recycling and uses the proceeds for services for veterans.

The CNY Veterans Outreach Center is at 726 Washington St. in Utica and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for drop offs. To schedule a large pickup of lights, call 315-765-0975. 

Holiday lights may also be taken to the Authority’s Utica or Rome EcoDrops for proper recycling at no charge, or dispose of them with your regular trash.

Other types of electronic waste such as computers and televisions are also accepted at the Authority’s Rome EcoDrop, 575 Perimeter Road, or Utica EcoDrop, 80 Leland Avenue Extension, year round, at no charge.

For more information on recycling and waste disposal, please contact Authority Recycling Educator Jamie Tuttle at 315- 733-1224 ext. 2300 or visit www.ohswa.org. You may also ask questions and find more information on the Authority’s Facebook page (Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority).

And, when you putting all those cardboard boxes out for recycling from big-ticket items like computers or TV sets, don’t put them all out at once, law enforcement officials say. Thieves may be checking out the trash (and the recycling bins) for future locations.

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