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Recycling Tips for the Holiday Season

Susanna Kemerling

With White Elephant, Secret Santa, and other gift exchanges, Scott County residents can learn what's recyclable and what is not.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, household waste increases 25 percent. That’s according to Rachel Evans, Communications Specialist at the Scott County Waste Commission.

"Some of those things that are recyclable are: empty wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, empty wrapping paper tubes, paper gift and shopping bags-- those are also a good item to reuse-- tissue, greeting cards, even the photo cards can be recyclable as well as those envelopes."

Waste Commission of Scott County

Evans also says you can't recycle certain things or even throw them away.

"Rechargeable, as well as lithium batteries. Those are often found in electronic devices or power tools. Those should not go in your garbage cart or your recycling cart. Those can cause a spark."

The Scott County Waste Commission operates a recycling center on Carey Avenue in Davenport. Residents of both Scott and Rock Island counties can drop off items including: mixed recyclables, electronics, batteries, and hazardous waste.
More information can be found on the waste commission website.

Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.