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Are You Recycling This Holiday Season?

holidayrecycleDid you know that household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day? During this time, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all contribute to this increase in waste. Many of these items that increase during this time of year are actually recyclable. Are you doing your part to recycle these items this holiday season? Continue reading for tips to do your part this year.

With holiday parties, gift giving and family gatherings, there is an increase in the amount of waste that many households set out at the curb. Many of those items that may end up in your trash should be tossed in your recycling bin instead. Below is a list of some of the items that you should consider recycling this holiday season:

  • Gift Boxes
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Holiday Cards
  • Gift Bags (paper)
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Non-Foil Wrapping Paper
  • Postcards
  • Catalogs
  • Envelopes
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Food Cans
  • Soda and Beer Cans
  • Soda and Water Bottles
  • Boxes (Cake Mix, Stuffing Mix, etc.)
  • Paper Bags
  • Milk and Egg Nog Cartons

Aside from these items, there are many items that you may use during the holidays that can be reused for future use. Some items included are:

  • Foil Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbons
  • Bows
  • Styrofoam
  • Many More Items.

Be sure to keep an eye out for recyclable material at all of your holiday gatherings this year. For more information on what you can recycle this holiday season and every day of the year, please visit our recycling page.

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8 comments on “Are You Recycling This Holiday Season?

  1. I am really excited about all the stuff I can recycle, and I thank you for giving me this new list for Christmas stuff. A few of the items I would not have thought would be recycled.
    Suggestion: Bigger recycling containers – with wheels:>)

    Blessings for this holiday!

    • Thank you for the suggestion! We do accept an unlimited amount of recycling, so if you would like to place more containers out labeled recycling, please feel free to do so. We even have stickers that you can place on containers to designate that you are using the container for recycling. Please send an email to and we will get a sticker to you. Thanks!

  2. I see in recycling bins a lot of plastic and glass bottles with their caps on.

    I thought that it might be more difficult to recycle bottles with caps on. I, also, see a lot of boxes that have not been broken down.

    Would you please comment on the foregoing?


    Bobby D

    • We do recommend removing caps and lids from containers. If there are some in the recycling container, we will try to remove them during our sorting process. As for boxes, we do recommend breaking them down. This will allow for you to utilize the maximum capacity of your recycling bin. If you have too many boxes or boxes that will not fit in your recycling bin, we recommend breaking them down and placing them all together next to your bin. Great questions! Thanks for asking!

  3. Our family of 4 puts out more recycling than we do trash (1-2 kitchen trash bags and 2-3 tall, full recycle bins) each week. We would love to use toters for recycling. It would keep the recyclables dry and from blowing around the neighborhood when its windy.

  4. The above recommendation regarding recycle bins that have wheels is an excellent idea. I also recommend a pull handle would be helpful as well. The containers do get heavy at times and are awkward to carry. Moving the bins to the curb can be an issue sometimes for some people, Thank you having the comment page.

    Also, thank you for your excellent service. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you at Penn Waste.

  5. Great service from Penn Waste.

    Would like to echo the above comments about how great it would be to have a pull container with wheels and a lid for the recycle container.

  6. I’ve noticed drum dollies available locally. This doesn’t address the handle situation, but it is a means for assisting the movement of heavy bins.

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