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Make A Holiday Recycling List and Check It Twice

PHOENIX, Nov. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans generate 25% more waste than average between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Republic Services (NYSE: RSG), an industry leader in U.S. recycling, reminds consumers to be mindful of the materials they use and to follow simple recycling tips to ensure their holidays are as green as they are merry.

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Holiday parties, decorations, cooking and gift-giving mean the average American household is producing about 1,000 pounds of waste during the holiday season. However, much of what is thrown away can be recycled or repurposed.

Follow these holiday recycling naughty-and-nice lists to make it easy to correctly sort and recycle the right materials, so you can focus on holiday fun.

The Nice List: What to Recycle

  • Cardboard (that is clean, dry and flattened)
  • Paper boxes (including gift, shoe and shipping boxes)
  • Plain wrapping paper and gift bags (no glitter, foil or decorations)
  • Holiday cards and envelopes (without embellishments; remove the batteries from electronic greeting cards)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (that are empty, clean and dry)
  • Metal food and beverage cans (that are empty, clean and dry)

The Naughty List: What to Reuse, Donate or Discard

  • Decorations including lights
  • Trees – artificial and real
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Cellophane wrapping
  • Fancy gift bags and wrapping paper (with foil, lamination or decorations)
  • Packing materials: bubble wrap, plastic air pillows, foam sheets and packing peanuts
  • Food waste
  • Electronics or anything battery-powered

Never toss old phones, laptops, tablets, TVs, toys or other items with a battery into your trash or recycling. If you're replacing electronics, it's best for the environment to keep them out of the waste stream. You can either  donate working electronics to a charity or check with your local service provider for special instructions and options for electronics recycling.

To learn more about how you can simplify your recycling habits during the holidays, visit  

About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection operations, transfer stations, recycling processing centers, landfills, and environmental services provide effective solutions to make responsible recycling and waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. More than 36,000 employees are committed to providing a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet® for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook at, @RepublicService on Twitter and @republic_services on Instagram.

Holiday Recycling Tips Infographic


Sorting recyclables at a Republic Services facility.


Holiday Recycling Checklist


Holiday Recycling Naughty and Nice list


At home recycling




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