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January 3, 2012 > Recycle holiday packing material

Recycle holiday packing material

When the holiday season winds down, it's time to figure out what to do with the packing material left over from holiday shipping. Handle With Care Packaging Store at 3217 Whipple Road, Union City are helping solve this problem by collecting and recycling packaging materials. Members of the community are encouraged to bring foam peanuts and bubble wrap to Handle With Care for recycling.

"It is important never to simply throw away old packing material because most of it is not biodegradable, and it just takes up space in landfills," say Sam & Mary Rathin, owners of Handle With Care in Union City. Left-over packing material is not the only holiday item that can be recycled. Holiday lights contain glass, aluminum, and copper, which are all recyclable, and old Christmas trees can be turned into mulch or planted. For those who received new cell phones, the old phones can be turned back into the service provider to recycle. Old clothing can be donated to charitable organizations like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, making room for new clothing received during the holidays.

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