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'Recycle It Right' During the Holidays

Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the holiday season.  As you celebrate the holidays, the Municipality of Anchorage's Solid Waste Services encourages Anchorage residents to keep recycling in mind, whether you have curbside recycling service or you drop off your recyclables in Anchorage or Eagle River. 

Try to purchase and use materials that can be reused or recycled.  Acceptable holiday recyclable items include paper wrapping and paperboard boxes.  Please be aware that bows, ribbons, tissue paper, foil or plastic wrapping, foam peanuts, and Styrofoam should NOT go into recycling bins or into your recycle cart if you have curbside recycling service. If in doubt, leave it out!  Or call your recycler or trash hauler for clarification.

Plastic wrap and bubble wrap can be put in plastic film bins at the Anchorage Recycling Center.  Clean foam peanuts can be brought to one of several local packaging stores for reuse.

Wrapping paper and paperboard boxes can be placed in roll carts or put in mixed-paper containers at the Anchorage Regional Landfill drop-off site or the Anchorage Recycling Center (6161 Rosewood Street, off Dowling Road and the New Seward Highway). Some tape on wrapping paper is okay.

Christmas trees can be recycled between December 28 and January 15 at any Carrs store parking lot in Anchorage, Eagle River and Palmer.  Look for signs and barriers for the designated drop-off areas.  Trees should be bare with no plastic bags, tree stands, ornaments, or lights.  No wreaths are allowed.  Drop-off is free but local Boy Scout Troop 268 will pick up your tree for a small donation.  Call 868-8899 to arrange a pick-up.  Trees are chipped and donated to non-profit and government agencies. This recycling program is sponsored by ALPAR, Carrs, and MOA Solid Waste Services.

And remember, if you have SWS automated trash and recycling curbside service, be sure to call the day before your collection day if you have excess trash.  Otherwise, all trash must fit in your cart with the lid closed.  Breaking down cardboard boxes and putting them in your recycling cart, along with the other recyclable items in your waste stream, may help you to reduce or eliminate the need for excess trash pick-ups this holiday season.  Typically, almost half of your trash may be recyclable!

More information about recycling in Anchorage can be found at www.muni.org/sws.  Or contact SWS Recycling Coordinators Jeanne Carlson at 343-6274, carlsonj@muni.org or Donna Mears at 343-6275, mearsdc@muni.org.

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