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Tips for Cleaning Up After Christmas

This weekend is going to be full of family, friends and festivity with Christmas finally here. With great company and great celebration, comes a little mess too. Whether you’re cleaning up your home right away, or waiting until the new year, be sure you’re responsible about recycling and disposal.

Both the City of Airdrie and the City of Calgary have seasonal recycling and disposal programs to make things easier this year. Here is your quick guide to cleanup:

CALGARY 

Black Carts
These items are acceptable for disposal in your black cart:

  • Lights (consider donating these)
  • Decorations and ornaments (consider donating these)
  • Artificial trees (consider donating these)
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Wrapping paper (foil and metallic)

Blue Carts
These items are recyclable and it’s encouraged you dispose of them in your blue cart:

  • Plastic bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cardboard
  • Cards
  • Paper gift bags
  • Tissue paper
  • Wrapping paper (gloss or matte)

If your blue cart gets full, these items are all accepted at community recycle stations as well. More information can be found here.

Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Calgary’s Christmas tree recycling program helps keep nearly 35,000 trees from taking up space in the landfill. This year, changes are being made to the Christmas tree recycling program, in that it will be drop-off only. You can take your tree to one of the 16 designated drop-off locations between December 26 and January 31st.

AIRDRIE

Black Carts
These items are acceptable for disposal in your black cart:

  • Lights (consider donating these)
  • Decorations and ornaments (consider donating these)
  • Artificial trees (consider donating these)
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Wrapping paper (foil and metallic)

Green Carts
These items are acceptable for disposal in your green cart:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • meat, fish, shellfish and bones
  • egg shells and dairy products
  • coffee filters, coffee grounds and tea bags
  • branches and prunings
  • soiled paper plates, napkins and paper towels

Christmas Recycling

Airdrie residents can drop off Christmas trees at the Eastside Recycle Depot up until January 15, 2016. Remember to remove everything from the tree before bringing it to the recycling depot. You can also recycle your Christmas light strands, after removing the bulbs, at the Eastside Recycle Depot.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday and be sure to share your Christmas photos with us on Twitter!


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