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Monroe County Reminds Residents To Recycle Cardboard After The Holidays

Monroe County Reminds Residents To Recycle Cardboard After The Holidays

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo today joined Waste Management of New York in reminding residents to recycle cardboard after the holidays. With the increasing popularity of online shopping, cardboard used for shipping has become one of the most disposed of household materials.

“As households clean out items at the close of the holiday season, it’s important to remember to recycle materials properly,” said Dinolfo.  “Every year, we continue to see cardboard in our landfills which could instead be recycled into new products. Proper recycling is good for the economy and good for the environment.”

Cardboard that is used to protect holiday gifts during shipping often weighs more than the gifts themselves. Almost 20% of annual retail purchases are made during the holiday season, resulting in a spike in recyclable materials.

Cardboard can be recycled through curbside recycling pickup, or at the Monroe County ecopark. To recycle curbside, cardboard must be flattened down or cut into small pieces and placed in or under the recycling container. Greeting cards, gift boxes, wrapping paper and wrapping paper tubes can all be placed in recycling bins as well.

The Monroe County ecopark is located at 10 Avion Drive, and is open Wednesdays from 1:00p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information about the ecopark, go online to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark

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