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Missoula residents urged to recycle after Christmas

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MISSOULA - We can all recall tearing through wrapping paper to get our hands on the latest new fad on Christmas morning. But what happens to all of that waste? We spoke with Republic Services about how holiday shopping yields holiday waste.

“And there is so much more added, In fact between Thanksgiving and new years come of the EPA estimates that about 25% more trash is generated per household, which is the equivalent of about a 1,000 pounds. That's fairly significant," Republic Services General Manager Glenda Bradshaw said.

"This could be ribbons, bows, the laminated kinda bags or totes. We highly recommend reusing those as well, but those should not go in the recycling. And all of your wrapping paper and cardboard can certainly be recycled either at a drop off facility With Republic or other drop off facilities in Missoula or with our own curbside program," she added.

Bradshaw stressed the importance of cleaning your food waste out and not recycling glass as you can potentially contaminate entire batches of recycling before they can be processed by companies that buy recycled goods.

Missoula Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division is also recycling Christmas trees! They can be dropped off at McCormick or Playfair parks through Jan. 15. The Christmas Evergreen program recycled over 15,000 trees last year, conserving valuable landfill space.

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