Recycling centers say 'no' to wrapping paper

Updated: 12/25/2013 5:32 PM | Created: 12/25/2013 5:31 PM
By: Jennifer Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In Albuquerque, going green is catching on.

"It's getting more popular. It's 'in' to recycle and thinking about our environment," said John Smith, a local who says recycling is a daily habit.

But despite this growing effort, many still do not know what can be recycled.

"It's just ignorance and people need to become more knowledgeable about it and then things will change," said Pete Seerie. He says even though recycling is a new culture people like him are responding well, but still have a lot to learn.

Some Christmas items are not wanted at the centers. The city of Albuquerque posted on their twitter (@ABQBeautiful) a few warnings of what they don't want on their list. Recycling centers say there is more trash produced on Christmas than any other day.

"There's a lot of waste on this day, a lot of waste," Seerie agreed.

They say because wrapping paper was already recycled to the max it should be left out of the blue bins.

Foil containers and paper plates with food or grease are also items not worth giving this season.

Do Recycle:          

Junk Mail
Office Paper
Corrugated Cardboard
Cereal/Cracker Boxes
Milk and Juice Boxes
Phone Books
Brown Paper Bags
Paper Egg Cartons
#1 - #7 Plastics Bottle/Tubs
Rigid Plastic Toys/Hampers
Aluminum Cans
Tin Cans
Foil & Pie Pans
Small Electronics
Pots & Pans
Small Appliances

Do Not Place In Cart:

Light Bulbs
Hazardous Waste
Sharp Metal
Yard Waste
Motor Oil Bottles
Medical Waste/Needles
Computer Monitors
Plastic Grocery Bags

Need to Recycle Your Christmas Tree? Visit the city of Albuquerque's website for more info.

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