December 21, 2006
Media Release

York Region asks residents to reduce, reuse and recycle holiday waste

Festive season is a great opportunity to divert additional waste from landfills
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is asking residents to reduce their waste this holiday season through additional recycling and reuse efforts by recycling their holiday packaging and reusing certain materials.  Listed below are some helpful guidelines for recycling and composting:
The following holiday items are recyclable and can be put in the Blue Box:
 Non-metallic wrapping paper
 Greeting cards, envelopes, gift cards and tags
 Cardboard packaging and boxes (with all plastic wrap removed and put in garbage)
 2006 calendars (coils removed)
 Aluminum foil, plates and trays
 Plastic bakery containers  (muffin trays, etc.)
 Egg nog cartons, milk and juice containers
The following holiday items are NOT recyclable and should be reused or placed in the garbage:
 Shiny metallic-coated wrapping paper
 Tissue paper
 Ribbons, bows, beads, string, garland and tinsel
 Rigid plastic packaging (used on electronics and toy packaging)
 Batteries (these items should be taken to a York Region Household Hazardous Waste Depot)
 Bubble wrap and styrofoam
The following holiday items can be composted:
 Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
 Paper napkins
 Christmas dinner leftovers, not including meat, fish or dairy in the backyard composter
(Note: all of these items are accepted in the Green Bin program, currently available in the Town of Markham and the City of Vaughan)
The following is a list of ways to reduce the overall holiday waste created:
 Use items such as newspapers, boxes, magazine ads, photographs and posters to wrap gifts
 When receiving gift bags with tissue paper, save them and reuse for future occasions
 Save bubble wrap, styrofoam and boxes and reuse when packaging fragile gifts or packages to be mailed
 Send e-cards and reuse Christmas cards as gift tags
 Place a recycling bin or two in the room where presents will be opened to encourage recycling efforts
 Use reusable shopping bags, instead of receiving multiple plastic bags provided by stores
 Avoid gifts with a lot of packaging; tickets, gift cards, lessons and memberships create almost no waste
For more information on York Region's recycling and waste diversion programs, please visit York Region's website and click on "Services", then "Garbage and Recycling".
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Media Contact: Tracy Smith, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell (905) 251-6412

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