York County Waste Management

Practice Being Nice (not Naughty)
When it Comes to Recycling Holiday Packaging


To celebrate a season that is both bright and eco-friendly, use this holiday wrapping checklist to know which packaging materials are recyclable, or not, and have a nicer green holiday ahead!

NAUGHTY
The following holiday items are NOT recyclable:

  • Greeting cards with glitter or metallic accents
  • Gift wrap and gift bags made of foil or plastic
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Plastic product packaging
  • Tissue paper
NICE
These items CAN be recycled:
  • Paper greeting cards and envelopes
  • Paper gift bags
  • Plain wrapping paper (without glitter or foil)
  • Cardboard shipping boxes
Good to do, always:
  • Keep reusable shopping bags in your car.
  • As a gift alternative, make a donation in honor of a loved one.
  • Send e-cards and e-vites rather than paper cards.
  • Avoid paper/plastic by using your own dinnerware, cups, and utensils when entertaining.
  • If you give electronic gifts, include rechargeable batteries.
  • If you decorate a naturally grown Christmas tree, place it in a quiet corner of your yard after the holidays; the birds will love it. Or, recycle it!
Check out the askHRgreen.org Naughty and Nice list for easy reference.

For more information contact the Waste Management Center at 890-3780 or at www.yorkcounty.gov/waste.
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