Each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the amount of garbage produced in the United States increases by 25%. While wrapping paper, tinsel and bows are indeed trash, many other items should be recycled or otherwise properly discarded. Use the resources below to help reduce the amount of garbage around the holidays!
• Electronics: If you receive a new electronic device, don’t put old electronics in the trash. Phones, tablets, computers and TVs should all be reused or recycled. Some places like Tech Dump refurbish items for resale while other items are recycled. Hennepin County accepts items at its drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington. Visit hennepin.us/dropoffs for info. Many items can be dropped off for free while others have a nominal fee.