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Where to put your holiday packaging and wrapping

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Posted at 12:51 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 13:51:33-05

MILWAUKEE — As the number of online sales in the U.S. increases, where to dispose of or recycle the wide array of packaging can be confusing for some.

The City of Milwaukee has come up with a guide about which bin these materials belong in.

Cardboard boxes: Empty and flatten boxes and stick them in the recycling bin. Note that it's difficult for city workers to collect boxes, and trucks fill up quickly if boxes are not broken down.

Plain wrapping paper: Wrapping paper that doesn’t contain any foil or glitter can be recycled curbside. If it’s shiny, consider reusing it next year or place it in the garbage.

Newspaper: Newspaper is accepted for curbside recycling.

Styrofoam: Styrofoam does not belong in the recycling bin and should be placed in the trash bin.

Tissue paper: Low-grade tissue paper is not accepted for curbside recycling. Consider folding up and storing for use next year.

Bows and ribbons: These items are not recyclable and can tangle in recycling system equipment. Consider reusing or donating.

For more information about recycling, visit here.

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