Christmas is a season for giving and receiving gifts; however, it is also a season for a myriad of recycling
such as styrofoam and e-waste.

As the gifts are unwrapped and the new televisions, iPads, laptops and other electronics sparkle and shine, the mountain of wrapping paper, cardboard and styrofoam grows exponentially.

“What do we do with all of this?”

The clean, white styrofoam packing material (ESP #6) with tape and labels removed along with clean
white styrofoam egg and take-out cartons and foam cups (rinsed) should be placed in a clear plastic bag
and dropped off at any of the county’s four transfer stations.

Packing peanuts, meat trays and soiled food or contaminated styrofoam containers are not accepted.

All of the cardboard and wrapping paper can be recycled with the normal paper recycling items such as
newspaper, office paper and paperback books.

As new electronic devices arrive on Christmas, there is a tendency to move out the current devices or
older electronics.

“What do we do with these items?”

Madison County residents can recycle all their old electronics free of charge at LOJO Technology, 634
Birchwood Drive, Oneida. LOJO Technology is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 315.363.3014 or call the Recycling Hotline at 800.721.2208 for recycling tips or questions.

Happy holidays to one and all from the Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation.

By martha

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