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Holiday recycling

Now that the holidays are over, people need to figure out what to do with their Christmas trees. As far as holiday wrapping paper, ribbons, and cards -- there are ways to reuse those as well.

Posted: Dec 26, 2019 6:44 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2019 11:03 AM

Updated 10:52 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 - Recology will be working with the Boy Scouts tree pickup drive which will be held in January. If you are a Recology customer with a green waste bin, you can cut up your tree and place it inside the container for a regular pickup. Recology's Dan Shea said trees can also be taken to the Butte County transfer station in Oroville.

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -  Now that the holidays are over, people need to figure out what to do with their Christmas trees. 

If you are in Chico you can drop off their trees at the City of Chico's Compost Facility. 

If you are a customer in Butte or Colusa County, you can leave your tree on the curb for pickup on recycling day. 

Action News Now spoke to a woman who is from Forest Ranch. She said she understands trees and gifts are a tradition for many, but for her they are not worth the waste.

"We got to do what we can and if I can avoid producing more plastic," said Pam Warman. "The balls that come from China, those things are super toxic," said added.

Northern Recycling and Waste Services customers can also leave their trees on the curb. 

The other option is to check and see if any non-profits in your area will take your tree. 

As far as for recycling holiday wrapping paper, ribbons, and cards --  there are ways to reuse those as well. 

According to a Stanford study, if every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. 

The same Stanford research shows that if every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. 

Along with that, the 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the United States could fill a football field ten stories high. The research shows if we each sent one card less, we would save 50,000 cubic yards of paper. 

One woman in Chico said she wraps all her gifts in bags she makes, so they can be reused. 

"We make the bags Christmas goes in, and we make the things that go into it. We make things for the homeless, so we are very busy all year," explained Nylene McSpadden.

Before you put your bins on the curb, remember: You CAN recycle wrapping paper, cards, and tissue. You CANNOT recycle ribbons and bows, so consider saving them to use for next year. 

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Thankfully, the wind is cooperating much better today in northern California. Our weather is still quite hot for this time of year and very dry. There is plenty of haze and smoke from the Fawn Fire overhead, and it isn't leaving yet.
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