Now that Thanksgiving is over it's time to celebrate the Christmas season, and that means lots and lots of things will be coming into your house and eventually leaving in the garage or recycling.

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You might be wondering if you can throw certain things out or if you have to recycle them at certain places. The Kent County Department of Public Works has some answers.

Can You Throw Away These Five Holiday Items In Grand Rapids?

The Kent County Department of Public Works put together a helpful holiday recycling guide so you know what to do with all of your holiday items after you're done with them.

Christmas Trees, Wreaths & Garland

End of Christmas. Old discarded christmas tree.
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These items are not recyclable but can be reused or donated.

Live trees are compostable through many area composters and yard waste services.

Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags

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Wrapping paper and gift bags are not recyclable due to glitter and heavy inks and dyes; however, plain kraft paper can be recycled.

Holiday Lights

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These lights are recyclable ONLY at special collection dropoffs.


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Credit: Canva

Lots of holiday gifts are protected by styrofoam and bubble wrap.

These items are recyclable at special drop-off locations.


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Credit: Canva

Rechargeable or button batteries should be brought to a SafeChem location.

Alkaline batteries should be taped and then placed in the trash.

I used to be the type of person that would throw everything away but you might be surprised at how many things you can recycle and help save space in landfills.

Get more information about other holiday items and what you can do with them at the Kent County Department of Public Works website.

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