Holiday Recycling Tips

Happy Holidays! The Green Team at Herrera would like to share some holiday tips with you.

1) That’s a Wrap
Most wrapping papers and tissue papers can be recycled. Only foil and plastic-coated wrapping paper need to be placed in the garbage.
There are lots of alternatives to traditional wrapping paper including decorating your own brown paper grocery bags, wrapping presents in old calendars or maps, or using a reusable container.

2) Fashion Forward
Do you have clothing that isn’t in good enough shape to resell? Do you know that you can still recycle old clothing, shoes, belts, purses, hats, gloves, scarves, luggage, backpacks, linens, and fabric scraps even if it isn’t in good enough shape to be reworn?
* Threadcycle (Seattle)
* GemText (Seattle/Portland)
* Ragfinery (Bellingham)

3) ElectronicsOut with the Old
E-Cycle Washington allows residents to recycle computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, and TVs for free. Keyboards, printers, toner cartridges, and cell phones are not included, but can be dropped off for free at Best Buy and Staples. InterConnection also accepts electronics via dropoff in Seattle or mail (laptops and phones).

4) Clear some space to ring in the New Year
Drop off old craft items, art supplies, and more at:
* Seattle Recreative (Seattle)
* Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store (Bellingham)
* Tinkertopia (Tacoma)
* Scrap PDX (Portland)
* SCRaP (Billings)

5) O Christmas Tree
Many towns and cities in Washington, Oregon, and Montana offer curbside collection for Christmas trees. In Seattle, curbside collection for trees runs through 1/31/19. Counties and unincorporated areas typically have drop-off locations. In most cases, trees are chipped and made into mulch.

6) One Light Goes Out
Do you have a pile of burned-out holiday lights or are you upgrading to LEDs? Don’t throw out your holiday lights – recycle them! Drop-off and mail-in recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them.