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Throwing Holiday Trash Away Could Cost You Down The Line

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The paper on those presents wont stay wrapped for long and by the end of the week. Just throwing it all away could end up costing you more down the line. The paper on those presents wont stay wrapped for long and by the end of the week. Just throwing it all away could end up costing you more down the line.

NBCRightNow.com - The paper on those presents wont stay wrapped for long and by the end of the week, your trash bins will most likely be full of holiday garbage. Just throwing it all away could end up costing you more down the line.

"We're just asking that all the lights and ornaments are removed and if it's larger than 6 foot tall that you cut it down," said Lynne Follett from Solid Waste Group who sees a lot of Christmas trees come in this time of year.

Cities like Richland will collect real trees on the curbside through the end of the year, but it is just as easy to recycle all of your other holiday decorations that you will soon be breaking down.

"There's a lot of things that actually go into the landfill that could be recycled but once you put it into that garbage can, it's garbage and it gets land filled," said Follett who said the sooner we fill the landfills, the sooner you will be paying more. "The longer we keep it, the better the fees are. Opening a new landfill is very expensive."

Bows, boxes, bags, wrapping paper and even the cardboard cores of your wrapping paper can all be placed in your recycle bins. If your city does not have those bins you can contact your waste collector to find out where those items can be recycled.

At the Richland Community Center, the seniors are doing their part to recycle. They will gladly take your holiday cards or cards for any occasion.

"Anything that's written on, they cover that up or cut it out. Then they bring them out here and we put them on the stand for 50 cents," said Jackie Dedmon from the Richland Seniors Association.

It is a win-win-win. Your cards are recycled and you can buy new cards that are inexpensive. The money collected from the seniors gift shop goes right back to the community and keeps paper out of the landfill and your fees from going up anytime soon.

"It's better for the environment, a lot better," explained Follett,

Even shipping peanuts can be recycled. Tri-City based Surgical Implant Generation Network or "SIGN" collects the boxes and reuses them to send out orthopedic implants to developing countries.

For more information on how to recycle this holiday season the city of Richland has plenty of tips on their Green Living site here: https://www.ci.richland.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=668

You can contact SIGN at (509)371-1107 or go to www.sign-post.org for more info.

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