Republic Services' Recycling Advice Keeps You On Santa's "Nice" List

     Republic Services' Recycling Advice Keeps You On Santa's "Nice" List

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Dec. 19, 2012

PHOENIX, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After weeks of shopping, decorating and
wrapping presents, the big day is finally here. The kids tip-toe down the
stairs to see what surprises Santa has brought for them. The gift unwrapping
frenzy begins and in an instant, your beautiful masterpiece called Christmas
Day turns into a room filled with piles and piles of crumpled wrapping paper,
torn tissue paper and shredded boxes. While dad tries desperately to remove
the parent-proof plastic ties on this year's hottest toy, Jinxy the cat is
meowing in frustration as he tries to break free from the tinsel trap and
bubble wrap. The kids have run off to play with their new toys and with a bow
stuck to your forehead, you must now decide what to recycle or throw in the

To help you decide what you can put in your residential recycling cart,
Republic Services, the nation's second largest waste and recycling company,
created its own "Naughty and Nice" list of holiday materials that may be
recycled by your local recycling hauler—keeping you on Santa's "Nice" list.
Regardless of which list an item falls on, Santa suggests that you consider
reusing it first.

                                            ALWAYS NAUGHTY
                                              oBubble wrap
  oBoxes – gift, shoe and shipping style     oRibbons & bows
  oWrapping paper – plain or sparkly         oGift bags – laminated, coated
  oTissue paper                                or dyed
  oHoliday cards & envelopes – without       oCellophane
    embellishments                            oPacking peanuts – Polystyrene
  oGift bags - paper                           foam
                                              oAnything on the Christmas tree
                                              oYour Aunt Edna's fruit cake

Some items that are recyclable individually are not recyclable when combined
with other recyclable materials. Recycling companies need materials in the
purest form possible; any cross contamination of material (metal and paper
together; paper and plastic) make it difficult and more expensive to recycle.

Toy containers - For example, toy containers made of heavy cardboard that
surround a plastic container are not recyclable unless the cardboard is
separated from the plastic. That means the plastic window on the box of your
favorite doll or action figure.

Sticky gift tags – They are not recyclable by themselves, but are acceptable
if they are on an envelope or wrapping paper.

Christmas trees – While unadorned trees are recyclable, they cannot be placed
in residential recycling carts. Customers should always check with their local
waste service provider for collection times and pick-up instructions.

Always check with your local waste and recycling company to see what is on its
Naughty and Nice recycling list.

About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in the U.S. non-hazardous solid
waste industry. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies,
transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable
environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and
residential customers. Republic and its employees believe in protecting the
planet and applying common sense solutions to customers' waste and recycling
challenges. For more information, visit the Republic website at

SOURCE Republic Services, Inc.

Contact: Peg Mulloy, +1-480-627-2887
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