For Immediate Release December 19, 2013
Tammy Duerksen, Administrative Supervisor, 303-651-8416
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Save Yourself from “Trashy” Holidays:
City of Longmont Offers Special Holiday Recycling
December 19, 2013 - According to the Environmental Protection Agency, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25% - about 1 million extra tons. The City of Longmont offers several options to help you reduce your waste this season and “Recycle Your Holiday.”
Christmas Tree Recycling – Drop-off Locations
From December 26, 2013 through January 12, 2014 the City will offer four Christmas tree recycling locations:
Roosevelt Park - Parking lot south of 8th Avenue
Garden Acres Baseball Park - West side of parking lot off 18th Avenue
Kanemoto Park - Parking lot off of S. Pratt Parkway
Centennial Park - East parking lot off of Alpine Street
Please remove all decorations and lights strands from your tree. Additionally, you also can recycle your tree at the Waste Diversion Center year round.
Recycle Additional Holiday Items – Waste Diversion Center
Beginning December 26, 2013 through January 31, 2014 you can bring your wrapping paper, holiday light strands, cooking oil and Styrofoam to the Waste Diversion Center to be recycled. There will be specially designated bins to recycle these specific materials.
Wrapping Paper: Do not put holiday wrapping paper in your curbside container. Wrapping paper is considered a contaminant in the single-stream process due to its high clay content and low fiber content, thus requiring that it be kept separate from all other recyclables. Please do not include metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, ornaments, tissue paper, fluorescent or dark paper, or paper covered in tape (these items are not recyclable).
Holiday Lights: Have light strands that have died? You can recycle them! Please wrap each string of lights into a ball and drop them in the appropriate container.
Cooking Oil: Cooking oil and grease poured down the drain can coagulate in the pipes and cause blockages, wreaking havoc on your plumbing system. After your holiday feast, save the oil and bring it to the Waste Diversion Center for proper disposal.
Styrofoam: This material can take a million or more years to decompose. Keep it out of the landfill and recycle it. The city is piloting Styrofoam recycling this holiday season. We will accept white foam block Styrofoam in special collection containers.
The Waste Diversion Center is located at 140 Martin Street. Business hours are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Residents should bring a copy of their most recent Longmont utility bill as proof of payment for the city’s waste management fee and a form of I.D. for access into the center. Electronically billed customers should print a copy of their statement or bring a mobile device to show the window attendant proof of payment. The attendant will direct you to the special collection bins.
Holiday Trash and Recycling Collection
There will be no trash and recycling collection on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1. Trash and recycling will be provided the day after each holiday for the rest of the holiday week (for example Wednesday is a holiday, Wednesday's trash and recycling collection will be on Thursday and Thursday's trash and recycling collection will be on Friday).
For more information, visit ci.longmont.co.us/solidwaste. You can also call the Public Works and Natural Resources Call Center at 303-651-8416 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.