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Recycling advice this holiday season

Don't place holiday lights in your recycling bin
Posted: 5:36 AM, Dec 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-11 05:41:55-05

A friendly reminder from the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County: Don't put your Christmas or other holiday lights in the recycling bin.

  • Holiday ornaments, decorative pieces, clothing and toys that are in good condition can be donated to a local nonprofit, church or shelter to be reused.
  • Tree trimmings such as tinsel and garland should be discarded as trash.
  • Greeting cards and wrapping paper that have no ribbons, foil or other non-paper items can be placed in your yellow recycling bin

Instead, take your lights to one of seven recycling centers listed below:

  • Jupiter
    North County Transfer Station
    14185 Military Trail (SWA Road) in Jupiter
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

     
  • West Palm Beach
    Home Chemical and Recycling Center
    6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

     
  • Belle Glade
    Glades Regional Transfer Station
    1701 State Road 15 in Belle Glade
    Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Royal Palm Beach
    West Central Transfer Station
    9743 Weisman Way in Royal Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Lantana
    Central County Transfer Station
    1810 Lantana Road in Lantana
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Delray Beach – West
    Southwest County Transfer Station
    13400 S. State Road 7 in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Delray Beach – East
    South County Transfer Station
    1901 SW 4th Ave. in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 The SWA also says don't place these items in your Blue or Yellow recycling bins:

  • Plastic bags, film or shrink wrap (they damage our recycling equipment)
  • Gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons or bows (throw those in the trash)
  • Disposable plates and silverware (the food stains make them not recyclable)
  • Grease stained pizza boxes (throw those in the trash, but clean pizza boxes can go in the Yellow recycling bin)
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Drink pouches

 Related Link:  Holiday recycling and waste tips for Palm Beach County