Christmas brings fun, family and lots of paper products like wrapping paper and packaging.
What does one do with all the packaging and paper products that come from wrapped gifts, candies and other Christmas presents? Well, you recycle it.
"We don't recommend throwing it away. We would prefer that the public and the residents within the region recycle all their Christmas wrapping and boxing," explained Tammy Nygaard, Drumheller Landfill Manager. "The drop-offs at the 7/11 and the Subway both have containers on the trailers for wrapping paper, tissue paper and greeting cards. The public is more than welcome to take that material there."
Nygaard also recommends that the public can also bring their recycling material to the landfill and crews there can dispose of it properly. She also says sorting the material into papers and plastics will also help in the process for proper recycling habits.
"Products that we are not able to recycle is if there is any foil. If there is the shiny paper that has a tin foil backing to it or it crinkles like tin foil; that is unrecyclable," Nygaard continued. "If you have greeting cards that have lithium batteries inside of them, please remove them. They are highly dangerous and can cause fires."
Batteries are a big deal for the landfill as they are energy transferring materials that could come into contact with a metallic conductive substance and generate heat/energy, creating the possibility of fire. Ribbons, bows and certain burlap twines can also be thrown away in the garbage because they do not break down during the recycling process.
"Please Recycle. We do have those drop-offs. We will probably have some extra additional bins placed for the Christmas season," Nygaard concluded. "Please use them. We will be servicing those locations regularly during the Christmas season."