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What to do with wrapping paper, boxes post-holidays

Published 9:35am Tuesday, December 25, 2012

‘Twas the day of Christmas and all through the house, bags, boxes and other bits and pieces of the holiday festivities littered the floors and overflowed from the trashcans. There are a number of ways, however, to make the “after party” eco-friendly and hassle-free.

Two recycling centers in Alexander City are open to serve the public.

ν The city’s location at 824 Railey Road has business hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, but Terry Bishop, environmental services department head, said people can stop by anytime.

“If they come from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., they need to watch for trucks coming in and out,” Bishop said.

The center accepts a number of items, although gift-wrapping paper is not one of them.

“We don’t have a place to store it,” Bishop said. “We’ll take cardboard boxes – they need to be broken down.”

Aluminum cans and No. 1 and No. 2 plastics are also acceptable.

“They have to be clean and have the wrapper off of them and everything,” Bishop said.

The center will also take newspaper and live Christmas trees.

ν Alex City Recycling near T.C. Russell Field Airport offers a 24-hour drop box on the side of the building. Clarence Abernathy said they will accept newspaper and aluminum cans.

“There are materials brought to us daily which are non-recyclable locally,” Abernathy said. “If we do not know of another location to which we might refer the people, their items usually find their way into the dumpster.”

In addition to recycling Christmas leftovers, repurposing can also be a practical solution. The Internet offers a number of ideas, like turning Christmas cards into gift tags or turning used wrapping paper into textbook covers or fluff in gift bags.

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