Recycle This Holiday Season!

It's the holiday season!

Time for giving thanks, breaking bread with family and friends, sharing gifts, laughter, and stories. It's time to celebrate!

recycle this holiday season

The Party's Aftermath

Once the parties are over, the wrappings, trimmings, and other garbage are all left. You may wonder what to do with all the trash that is left. West Central Iowa Solid Waste has put together a handy list to help you recycle as much as you can!

***Remember: Clean your items first before placing in the recycling bin***


Keep the HAPPY in post-Holiday cleanup! Let us help you sort your paper products and more. Think first of reusing and pack those reusable gift bags, gift boxes, bows, and tissue papers away for next year.

Recyclable Holiday Items


  • Glass or Plastic (Types* 1 & 2)

Jars and Jugs

  • Glass or Plastic (Types* 1 & 2)


  • Cans
  • Cooking Foil (clean)
  • Aerosol Cans (empty)

Paper and Cardboard

  • Brown paper bags
  • Brown shipping paper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard food boxes (clean)
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas letters
  • Envelopes
  • Gift boxes
  • Shoeboxes

Nonrecyclable Holiday Items

  • All wrapping paper
  • Batteries* in musical cards
  • Bows and ribbons
  • Bubble wrap
  • Christmas lights
  • Fishing tackle boxes
  • Gift bags with waxy or glittery finishes
  • Makeup boxes
  • Ornaments
  • Packing peanuts
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic boxes
  • Plastic food containers (Types* 3-7)
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Plastic toys
  • Styrofoam
  • Tinsel
  • Tissue paper


  • Rechargeable AA or AAA can be recycled
  • Alkaline can go in the trash
  • Lithium and Lithium-Ion are treated as hazardous waste - bring them to the recycling center to dispose
    • Includes: batteries for phones, cameras, power tools, laptops, and hearing aids
Amazon plastic mail envelopes can be recycled through your local Walmart.

Happy Holidays!

The staff at West Central Iowa Solid Waste would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season!

Thank you for Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling your holiday materials.

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