Alachua County and the City of Gainesville are promoting recycling this holiday season, but there are specific items that can be submitted.
According to a city press release, most gift boxes and wrapping paper are allowed in the orange recycle bins.
“This holiday season you can’t recycle tissue paper or wrapping paper that’s glossy or foil-based or has glitter in it,” said City of Gainesville spokesperson Rossana Passaniti in a video release. “And please remember to remove the bows and ribbons.”
For live Christmas trees, there are certain curbside pick-up requirements.
“Live trees can be recycled with yard waste but please remove everything from the tree, all lights, tinsel and ornaments,” Passaniti said.
Both the city and county are offering a program to recycle non-working holiday string lights. Gainesville residents can drop them off at a special bin located at the Public Works building entrance at 405 NW 39th Avenue.
Alachua County’s Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 5125 NE 63rd Avenue is accepting Christmas lights, fluorescent lamps, TVs, computers, phones, or old electronics, asking that you do not throw these items in the trash. Click here to find one of the county’s other five drop-off locations.