Raleigh, NC 27602-0590
P.O. Box 590
Solid Waste Services
City of Raleigh
The following items are
collected for recycling in
Raleigh’s curbside program:
• glass, food & beverage containers
• food and beverage cans H oliday SeaSon!
• aluminum foil and trays
• plastic bottles
• plastic beverage rings Recycling & WaSte Reduction tipS
• gable top cartons
• aseptic drink boxes
• newspaper and all inserts
• magazines and catalogs
• white paper, including junk mail
• corrugated cardboard pieces no
larger than 3’ x 3’ in size
• paperboard, chipboard and
What happens every 90 days? A recycled
aluminum can makes its way back on the shelf as
What lasts 80-100 years? That’s right a human
lifespan is close but shorter than the lifespan of
an aluminum can that gets tossed into the trash
instead of a recycling bin.
700 years is a long time, right? That’s how
long a trashed plastic bottle will sit in a
landfill taking up space and Call for more information 919.831.6890
refusing to degrade.
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Ideas to help reduce the amount Americans throw away an extra 25%
of trash going in to the landfill. more trash during the holiday season,
between Thanksgiving and New Year’s
• Give an adventure (a ride in a hot Day. That’s 5 million tons of garbage.
air balloon or train).
• Make a giant edible cookie card Recycling cans, glass, cardboard, paper and
with a holiday greeting written in plastic is especially important during this time
the icing. since such a huge amount of waste is generated.
• Give the makings of a garden: Reuse
seeds, gloves, tools, compost. If every family in the U.S. wrapped Help others recycle: give a can crusher, set of
• Create a family recipe book. recycling bins or a recycling cart.
• Give yourself and your family time just 3 presents in re-used materials,
to simply enjoy the holidays and it would save enough paper to
Have clearly marked recycling containers at your
each other. cover 45,000 football fields. party for your guests to recycle their cans and
• Membership to a museum or bottles.
nonprofit organization. Encourage children to make their own wrapping
• Concert, sporting event or theater paper by designing and coloring on grocery bags Paper gift wrap is recyclable, just remember to
tickets. or old homework pages. Sunday comics make remove the bow and ribbon.
• Free baby-sitting service. colorful gift wrapping for children’s packages
• A short class or seminar on a favorite as do old posters, maps, old sheet music, and If you choose a cut tree, create a bird sanctuary
topic. wallpaper scraps. by placing it outdoors for birds to nest in until
• House plants. spring, when it will make great mulch, or leave
• Solar watch or calculator. To add a special touch to your decorating, consider it out for the weekly yard waste collection so it is
• Reusable razors. using memorabilia such as a child’s first shoe or recycled or composted.
• Personalized “coupons” for a night off teething ring, old jewelry (restring if needed),
• Bird houses (Martin, momentos from vacations, small stuffed animals 1 Million Years! Put a glass bottle in a landfill
Bat or Bluebird). and toys, holiday card ornaments, miniature toy and that’s how long it will sit there doing
• Bird feeder and seed. cars, cookie cutters, dressed up dolls, or edible absolutely nothing.
• Gourmet dinner for a cookie ornaments.
busy couple. Recycle it and it can live forever!
Keep the fronts of old Christmas cards to use as
nametags, bookmarkers, or dinner placemats.
A live tree provides an
ongoing remembrance Use Christmas stockings to wrap small gifts in,
of the holidays, as they can be reused year after year.
well as cleans our air.
An old tricycle, a pair of skates or a piece of
furniture, that when fixed up and refinished
can be a heart warming gift to pass along as an