Recycling dos and don'ts for your holiday gifts

Posted at 1:18 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 18:34:28-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Christmas is over and we're nearing the end of Hanukkah. After you've opened your gifts and started enjoying your new games and toys, it's important to properly dispose of packaging.

At Lexington’s Recycling Center, workers want to make sure they're only getting what they ask for.

"Mainly clean items. When I say clean, clean cardboard,” said Richard Boone, the senior program manager for Lexington’s Division of Waste Management. “The cardboard, yes. The internals, no. Styrofoam, plastic bags, tape, stuff like that. Take all that off."

Clothing boxes from department stores can be recycled, but the tissue and wrapping paper go in the trash.

String lights or electronics can also be recycled, but they don't go in the blue bins.

"We have separate locations for certain things, so like electronics like TVs, Christmas lights, anything that plugs into a wall will go to our e-waste recycling center which is on Versailles Road,” said Boone.

Items that don't belong in the blue bins can tear up equipment at the recycling center.

You can visit the city’s website to see a full list of what items are accepted at the recycling center.