Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Recycling Tips

This time of the year with gifts, holiday cards and catalogs, it can be difficult to figure out which items can be recycled and which ones are non-recyclable.

Holiday items you can recycle:
* Regular gift-wrapping paper * paper shopping bags * gift boxes * holiday cards and envelopes
* packing paper & cardboard packing pieces * holiday catalogs and advertisements

Holiday items you can’t recycle:
*Liners and tissue paper from shopping bags and shoe & gift boxes * ribbon * foil backed wrapping paper * plastic bags and wrappers * Styrofoam packing peanuts *rigid Styrofoam

Most mailing services will accept clean, bagged Styrofoam peanuts for reuse.

Christmas Tree Recycling Information

Boy Scouts troops 18, 25, 23, 60 and 460 will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling in your community on the weekends of December 31 & January 1 and January 7 & 8.

Individual Troops will post door flyers specifying which days they will be picking up trees in your neighborhood, starting mid-December. If you do not receive a flyer or need further assistance, please call and leave a message using the phone numbers below;

541-385-3977 for pick-up SW Bend; west of 3rd street and south of Newport/Greenwood

541-385-2692 for pick-up NW Bend; west of 3rd street and north of Newport/Greenwood

541-385-2672 for pick-up NE Bend; east of 3rd street and north of Greenwood/Highway 20

541-385-3942 for pick-up SE Bend; east of 3rd street and south of Greenwood/Highway 20

Please have trees cleaned of all lights, decorations, tinsel and out of the stand. Place trees at the end of the driveway by 9:00 a.m.

A tax-deductible donation of $5.00 is greatly appreciated. Make your check payable to “Boy Scouts of America.” Place the donation in a plastic bag and securely attach it to your tree with a rubber band. Proceeds go directly to Scouts and support their programs.

At no charge Deschutes Recycling, located at Knott Landfill, will take Christmas trees Monday - Saturday, through January 31.