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County Reminds Residents to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle During the Holidays

Every day, Montgomery County residents can help protect the environment by reducing waste, reusing items, and recycling everything that can be recycled. This is especially true during the upcoming holiday season which traditionally generates additional amounts of waste. The Department of Environmental Protection provides the following tips this holiday season. By doing so, everyone helps to ensure cleaner land, air and water.

Unwanted Mail:

In the weeks leading up to the holidays, most households receive larger quantities of advertisements, sale flyers and catalogs. Before placing unwanted mail into the mixed paper recycling bin or cart, residents should take a moment to remove their names from any mailing lists of companies they no longer wish to receive information from. Often, all that is needed is a call to a toll-free number provided in the mailing.

Another way to help reduce the amount of unwanted mail received at any time of the year is to register on a “Do Not Mail” list with any of a number of organizations offering this type of service. One service, Catalog Choice, can be accessed at https://www.catalogchoice.org. The Direct Marketing Association is another organization which provides a similar service. To register with DMA, visit www.DMAchoice.org. Or, download the form from that site, complete and mail it to: DMA Choice, Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512.

Christmas Tree Recycling:

When the holidays are over, recycle cut Christmas trees and wreaths. Christmas trees are given another use if they are composted or chipped for mulch.

Remove the stand and all decorations – including lights, ornaments, and tinsel, and leave no metal attached to the tree.

County residents of single-family homes and townhomes can recycle Christmas trees and wreaths at the curb on their regular recycling collection day.

Live Christmas tree branches and pine needles can also be recycled at home by placing them under trees and shrubs or adding them to a compost bin.

Businesses and residents of apartments and condominiums should check with their property/business managers or representatives for specific instructions on recycling Christmas trees.

Holiday Light Recycling:

Holiday string lights are being replaced by more energy efficient and longer-lasting LED lights. If you are replacing older holiday lights with newer LED lights this holiday season, consider recycling the old lights.